Charbonneau: Tony Accurso finally takes the stand

His testimony will not fall under a publication ban

Controversial ex-construction boss Tony Accurso is testifying at the Charbonneau Commission — just after judge France Charbonneau rejected his lawyers' appeal to have his testimony fall under a publication ban.

His lawyers spent the morning debating the plan behind closed doors.

Accurso, who showed up at the hearings looking slightly more frail than we're used to seeing him, had spent the last several months fighting the subpoena that ordered him to testify, fearing his testimony would jeopardize his right to a fair trial in his pending fraud case.

The Supreme Court of Canada dismissed the request last month.

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