May 20, 2016

By Bob Komsic

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Saying it had ”no reasonable prospect of conviction,” the Crown has withdrawn all charges  against retired Senator Mac Harb relating to his expenses.
Harb’s lawyer says his client’s relieved and that the decision is complete vindication both ”legally and ethically.”
The 62-year-old Harb, who retired in 2013, had been charged with fraud and breach of trust over his Senate expense claims.
He repaid all $231,649.07 by the time he retired.
Harb’s trial, originally scheduled to start last August, was postponed last summer so the court time could be used to continue Senator Mike Duffy’s trial.
Duffy returned to the Senate earlier this month after he was recently acquitted of all 31 charges of fraud, breach of trust and bribery related to his living and travel expenses.
The RCMP announced Thursday that charges would not be laid against Senator Pamela Wallin over her expenses.
The only senator currently facing trial over expenses is Patrick Brazeau.
His trial’s scheduled for next year but his lawyer says he’ll be looking to meet with the Crown in the coming days.
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