Toronto: An investigation has been launched by the military police watchdog into how probe handled in case of sexual abuse allegations against a senior military officer who played a central role in Canada’s COVID-19 vaccine distribution.
In December last year, Major General Dany Fortin was acquitted by a Quebec court in a sexual assault case. The allegations in the 1988 case were investigated by the military police and the case was handed over to provincial prosecutors.
Fortin claimed that the case was not investigated properly and that he was charged on the basis of insufficient evidence.
The case is now being investigated by the Military Police Complaints Commission and it has also been said that they want to find out how the military police handled the case.
The commission also said Fortin’s claim that the issue was of public interest was of public interest.
Fortin was leading the federal government’s COVID-19 vaccine distribution in May 2021 when he was withdrawn from the job due to pending investigations.
Quebec’s civil judge then acquitted Fortin of the case, saying that the complainant may have been sexually assaulted, but the Crown could not prove that the attacker was Fortin. After this decision, the Canadian Armed Forces removed Fortin’s name from any kind of misconduct.