MLA Pat Pimm arrested; special prosecutor assigned

Peace River North MLA Pat Pimm

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Criminal Justice Branch announced today that MLA Pat Pimm has been appointed a special prosecutor.

The statement also said that Pimm is currently the subject of release documents that were imposed on him by police, under the Criminal Code, following an arrest for a alleged offence, he was then released.

Michael Klein, QC, has been appointed as the Special Prosecutor. He is a Senior Vancouver lawyer in private practice.

The release also stated that it is up to the police if they want to go ahead with charges.

“In accordance with standard practice, it is up to police to independently determine whether an RTCC is submitted for charge assessment, based on information gathered during the course of any ongoing investigation.”

The Criminal Justice Branch also says that the appointment of a Special Prosecutor is necessary.

“The appointment of a Special Prosecutor is necessary to address any issues that may arise in respect of the existing release documents, including any related court appearances or applications, as well as provide legal advice to the investigating agency (the R.C.M.P.) if required. At the present time, the Special Prosecutor’s mandate has been limited to these responsibilities.”

Pimm left the Liberal Caucus in a statement on Monday, saying that he would also still sit as a MLA for Peace River North and an independent member in the Legislature while the alleged allegations brought before him were being resolved.

Details of why Pimm was arrested will not be available until charges are sworn in against him.

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