Metis man sues Crown, RCMP after key evidence withheld in wrongful conviction

The RCMP repeatedly harassed a Metis man, wrongly accused him of a being a drug trafficker and then withheld key evidence for months that he needed to exonerate himself while locked up in an Edmonton jail.

Then the Crown prosecutor on the case found out and not only didn’t drop the charges, but let Clayton Boucher plead guilty to crimes he knew Boucher didn’t commit.

It was this “deliberate and unlawful” conduct that make up the main allegations in the more than $1 million lawsuit filed in an Edmonton court Monday by lawyer John Phillips, who began representing Boucher after APTN News first reported on this case last October.

The claim names five RCMP officers, the Crown prosecutor and Boucher’s lawyer at the time as defendants, as well as Canada and Alberta.

Phillip’s last client was Omar Khadr who reportedly received a settlement of $10 million from the Canadian government over his treatment by the United States government.

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