Supreme Court hears case of ex-Quebecer arrested for not holding STM escalator handrail

The Supreme Court of Canada has heard the case of a former Quebecer who was arrested at the Montmorency subway station in Laval for refusing to hold on to a handrail while going down  an escalator. 

In May 2009, Police arrested Bela Kosoian, searched her backpack for i.d., and gave her a $100 ticket for not holding the escalator handrail and a $320 ticket for obstruction of justice for refusing to identify herself.

Kosoian was read the riot act by lower court judges for aggressively refusing to identify herself and to hold the handrail.

Kosoian, who now lives in Ontario, maintains the pictogram on escalators advising caution and to hold the handrail is not obligatory and is only a warning.

The last court case ended in 2017 and Kosoian said she's glad it's finally at this stage.

"It's about rule of law, it's about abuse of power, and I'm relieved ten years came to closure because ten years I was fighting for justice," said Kosoian in an interview with CJAD 800.

The top court will decide if those pictograms are valid and if police acted legally.

Kosoian said she feels her case will set a precedent.

"It's not only going to affect me, it's going to affect every Canadian, everybody because you have escalators everywhere - in airports, in the mall, everywhere - and the same pictogram exists everywhere," said Kosoian.

A ruling should come down before the end of the year.