Tuesday , January 12 2021

Accurso wants to postpone his trial

The measures taken at the trial of former entrepreneur Tony Accurso to reduce the risk of the spread of COVID-19 comply with public health guidelines, a doctor testified on Tuesday.

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“Without the risk being zero, it is lower than in other workplaces. We have seen cases [de gens contaminés] who attended similar courtrooms, and there was no transmission, ”explained Dr. Sidonie Pénicaud of the CIUSSS du Center-Sud-de-l’Île-de-Montréal on Tuesday at the trial of the ‘ex-entrepreneur.

Accurso, 69, is accused of conspiring with an official from the Canada Revenue Agency, among others, to save two of his businesses $ 3 million in taxes.

Except that due to the second wave of COVID-19 which is hitting the metropolis hard, lawyers have asked for the hearings to be suspended until the situation improves.

Adequate measures

However, according to Public Health, which examined the courtroom of the Youth Division of the Court of Quebec where the trial is being held due to the lack of available space, the measures taken are adequate.

Dr Pénicaud gave the example of sorting at the entrance, regular disinfection of the room or even the plexiglass walls to limit the spread of droplets.

“What I see meets the recommendations,” she said, while recalling that “we still have to learn about the effectiveness of certain measures”.

The hearing on the stay of trial application continues this week.


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