EXCLUSIVE: Lawyer alleges intimidation by Montreal police officer in murder case
A high-profile trial gets underway today, in connection with the shooting that left two people dead at an Old Montreal upscale clothing boutique 3 1/2 years ago.
And one of the defence lawyers wants the proceedings halted for his client, alleging intimidation and obstruction of justice by a Montreal police officer.
Franco Schiro represents Carey Isaac Regis, who along with two other men are accused of first degree murder and attempted murder in connection with the shooting that killed two people and injured two others at the Flawnego boutique on St. Jacques Street in March 2010.
In his 28-page motion, Schiro alleges that a Montreal Lt. Det. tried to intimidate him back when the charges were laid. He said he secretly recorded the entire conversation, parts of which are included in the motion.
"He's clearly telling me to not represent the client, to pull out of the file but before pulling out of the file to find out who ordered the said hit, because the police have a theory," Schiro told CJAD 800 News.
"Clearly telling me that I am not to represent black people, that by representing this particular client, that I'd be part of a mafia war, that I was the fall guy, that I was in deep waters," Schiro said.
Police at the time said they believed the intended target was suspected street gang leader Ducarme Joseph, apparently in retaliation for the 2009 death of the son of reputed Montreal mafia Godfather Vito Rizzuto.
Schiro said he sent a copy of the recorded conversation to police who told him they'd conduct an internal inquiry. Over three years later, in a letter obtained by CJAD 800 News, police say no charges will be filed. Schiro said he only filed the motion now because he didn't want to interfere with the police inquiry. Montreal police did not respond to CJAD's request for comment.
"It's attacking the justice system," Schiro said.
"It's disturbing to see this in 2010, 2013, and nobody doing nothing about it."