Montreal Mayor Arrested On Corruption Charges

AP

Montreal’s Interim Mayor Michael Applebaum was arrested by Quebec province’s anti-corruption squad Monday morning, according to the Montreal Gazette.

Investigators said in a press conference that the mayor faces 14 charges of fraud, conspiracy, breach of trust, collusion and corruption in municipal affairs connected to two real estate deals dating back to 2006.

Applebaum was elected by the city council to replace former mayor Gerard Tremblay, who resigned amid corruption allegations in the fall. The leader of Montreal’s opposition Vision Montreal party, Louise Harel, called for Applebaum’s own resignation this morning.

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