Ex-Parti Quebecois member to plead not guilty to sexual assault charge
Former Parti Quebecois member Harold LeBel intends to plead not guilty to a charge of sexual assault.
LeBel's lawyer, Maxime Roy, made the comment today in court and added that his client is also looking to have some of conditions related to his release relaxed.
The politician, who appeared in court today by video conference, was kicked out of the PQ caucus following his arrest and now sits as an Independent.
LeBel was arrested Dec. 15 by provincial police in connection with events alleged to have occurred in 2017.
He released a statement Dec. 17 in which he denied wrongdoing, adding that he wanted to continue his work for the people in his riding of Rimouski, located about 300 kilometres northeast of Quebec City.
The case is scheduled back in court Feb. 16.