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Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Mounties in Dziekanski case to appear in court

August 31, 2011
CBC News

Four Mounties charged with perjury during the inquiry into the death of Robert Dziekanski at Vancouver airport in 2007 are set to appear in court in Vancouver on Wednesday.

Constables Bill Bentley, Kwesi Millington, Gerry Rundell and Cpl. Benjamin Robinson are accused of lying about their actions when they confronted Dziekanski and stunned him multiple times with a Taser.

Dziekanski, 41, died in the secure arrivals area of Vancouver International Airport on Oct. 14, 2007, moments after he was shot with RCMP stun guns. His death ignited an international debate about the police use of stun guns.

The Mounties told commissioner Thomas Braidwood they feared for their safety when Dziekanski picked up a stapler, but Braidwood rejected their testimony in his final report.

No charges were ever laid against the four Mounties in Dziekanski's death, but a special prosecutor approved the charges of perjury.

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