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Special prosecutors to handle federal MPs' cases after anti-pipeline protest arrests

Special prosecutors to handle federal MPs' cases after anti-pipeline protest arrests
From CBC - April 16, 2018

Crown prosecutors have agreed to take on proceedings against nearly two dozen anti-pipeline protesters in B.C., including those of federalMPsElizabeth May and Kennedy Stewart.

In particular, special prosecutors are being brought in to determine whether or not the politicians will be charged criminally.

On Monday, the prosecution service issued a statement sayingit was "in the public interest" to appoint special prosecutors to the cases.

May,Stewart and the other protesters first appeared in court on charges of civil contempt last week. They were accused of violating a court order to stay five metres backfrom the Trans Mountain pipeline construction site on Burnaby Mountain.

At the hearing,the judge recommended the protestersbe prosecuted by the Crown, rather than in civil court as part of a lawsuit from Kinder Morgan.

Stewart, MP forBurnabySouth, was in court for the decision on Monday. The first two rows of seating inthe courtroom were filled with others who'd also been arrested and charged.

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