The Montreal police department has suspended one of its star investigators without pay for what the force is calling his "questionable associations".
Earlier this year, Sgt-Detective Philippe Paul was transferred out of the organized crime division after the force launched an investigation into his alleged dealings with a mysterious Canadian-Iranian businessman.
At that time, he also had access to police databases and his phone taken away from him — and was abruptly taken off the cases he was working on.
In April 2013, the Mounties say they received allegations suggesting Paul was supplying information to Arian Azarbar, a Dollard man suspected of being an Iranian spy.
There's no word of any criminal charges pending against either Paul or Arzabar.