Canada discards presumption of innocence

Calgary Sun [Canada]

11/24/06

Innocent until proven guilty will no longer apply to people charged with serious gun crimes, Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced yesterday. The Tory PM, flanked by Premier Dalton McGuinty and Toronto Mayor David Miller, said anyone charged with attempted murder, armed robbery, sexual assault with a weapon, kidnapping and extortion while using a gun will have to make the case for their freedom under proposed bail rules. The Criminal Code rules, as they exist now, force the Crown to offer up evidence on why the accused should not be granted bail. 'This is unacceptable,' Harper said. 'Our legislation will reverse the onus so that people charged with serious gun crimes will have to demonstrate to the courts why they should not stay in custody until their trial'...

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