No trial for police officer charged after ByWard Market arrest

An Ottawa police officer will not be heading to trial after assault and obstruction of justice charges stemming from a May 2018 arrest were withdrawn Friday.

Ottawa Police Service Const. Liban Farah was charged by the province's Special Investigations Unit (SIU) in August 2019 over concerns about the arrest, following which a man suffered a serious injury.

Michael Edelson, who represented Farah, said he was advised by Crown counsel that there was no longer a "reasonable prospect of conviction."

"[The Crown] felt the arrest by Const. Farah was not illegal and that [obstruction of justice] could not be proven," Edelson said.

Crown counsel advised the administrative judge the charges would be withdrawn during a short teleconference hearing, Edelson said.

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