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Canada Would-be Ontario PC candidate sues Toronto police for $12M over leak of arrest record in smear campaign

16:45  20 november  2019
16:45  20 november  2019 Source:   nationalpost.com

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A would - be Conservative candidate is suing the Toronto police for over $ 12 million, alleging its officers “thwarted the democratic process” by leaking confidential police documents for use in a smear campaign against him. The lawsuit by Nick Gahunia raises the stakes significantly in an unusual case

Supporters of a Progressive Conservative candidate in the last Ontario election helped run a smear The smear operation has now resulted in disciplinary charges against one Toronto police officer “Any leak of information or records is a clear breach of protocol and procedures and the service Gahunia, meanwhile, has sued the Toronto force and others for $ 12 million, accusing them of

a man wearing a suit and tie: Nick Gahunia, a former candidate for the PC nomination in Brampton Centre riding.© J.P. Moczulski for Postmedia/File Nick Gahunia, a former candidate for the PC nomination in Brampton Centre riding.

A would-be Conservative candidate is suing the Toronto police for over $12 million, alleging its officers “thwarted the democratic process” by leaking confidential police documents for use in a smear campaign against him.

The lawsuit by Nick Gahunia raises the stakes significantly in an unusual case of political dirty tricks revolving around alleged police misconduct.

Gahunia was disqualified as a candidate for the Progressive Conservative nomination in a Toronto-area riding just before last year’s provincial election. The party took the action after letters containing internal arrest reports mentioning the 29-year-old were mailed to various community members in Brampton, Ont.

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The law-school graduate has no criminal record.

A Toronto fraud detective was charged earlier this year with disciplinary offences for obtaining the documents and passing them to another, unnamed member of the force. That person is also under investigation.

The officers’ “extreme, flagrant and outrageous” actions betrayed public trust in the police, says the lawsuit filed Tuesday on Gahunia’s behalf by prominent Toronto criminal lawyer Frank Addario.

“The defendants interfered with a Canadian election and thwarted the democratic process,” said the statement of claim launching the suit. “They expected that a leak about (Gahunia’s) past involvement with the police would frighten his political party and destroy his candidacy. Their tactic worked. They abused police resources to interfere with the Brampton nomination.”

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A Toronto -area police force is investigating an apparent leak after confidential police documents about an aborted drug arrest were used to try to discredit a man vying to be a candidate for the Ontario Progressive Conservatives. That individual, whom the National Post has chosen not to name

The suit also targets an unknown civilian — named as John Doe — who mailed out the documents.

The allegations have not been tested in court, though many of the facts are based on a report issued in January by Ontario’s Office of the Independent Police Review Director (OIPRD).

Gahunia said he wants the lawsuit to fill in missing information, such as who else, other than the one officer already charged, was involved. Det.-Const. Soon Lum’s case is still pending before the Toronto police disciplinary tribunal.

“This has destroyed my life,” Gahunia told the National Post by email. “I just want justice. I want to know why this public assassination was done on me.”

The Toronto officer on long-term leave who requested that Lum search for records on the Conservative — and then passed them on to whoever distributed them — has yet to be identified, or face any charges.

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Police say confidential reports were accessed by Toronto officer, then mailed out without Months after a police officer accessed confidential documents used to discredit would - be Conservative Raising the spectre of law-enforcement personnel aiding a political smear campaign , the incident

Police "thwarted the democratic process": Would - be Ontario PC candidate sues Toronto police for $ 12 M over leak of arrest record used in smear campaign , raising stakes in story of police misconduct and political dirty tricks. http

A Toronto Police Service spokesperson could not be reached for comment Tuesday.

Gahunia considered himself to be the front-runner in the race for the Brampton Centre Progressive Conservative nomination, having recruited 3,000 of the riding’s 5,000 members and already serving as riding association president.

But in late April, packages containing copies of the internal police reports were circulated, the recipients ranging from then-Brampton mayor Linda Jeffrey to a Sikh temple and the National Post.

Prefaced with an appeal to “clean the rot,” they describe Gahunia’s encounters with the police over an alleged credit card fraud when he was 18, resulting in a charge being laid and then withdrawn, and a 2016 traffic stop for suspected cocaine possession, which saw Gahunia and other passengers in an SUV freed within half an hour.

Then on April 21, former Conservative president Jag Badwal — appointed by Premier Doug Ford recently as Ontario’s agent-general in Dallas, Tx. — prohibited him from vying to be the party’s Brampton Centre candidate. Gahunia has also been banned from running for the federal Conservatives, the statement of claim says.

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A Toronto fraud detective illegally dug out confidential arrest records that were later used in a political smear campaign , and lied repeatedly about his actions, a police watchdog agency The campaign ’s target — would - be Conservative politician Nick Gahunia — told the office the smear had “ruined” him

a man wearing a suit and tie:  Nick Gahunia© J.P. Moczulski for Postmedia/File Nick Gahunia

Lum was approached in January 2018 by a fellow Toronto officer on long-term leave to search for police records on Gahunia, the OIPRD found. He accessed arrest reports from Peel Regional Police through a system allowing forces to share their internal documents. Lum falsely indicated that he wanted the records because Gahunia was a person of interest in an investigation he was then leading.

Gahunia complained to both Peel police and the OIPRD in April 2018. The Peel force identified the source of the leak that month, but the OIPRD did not begin interviewing witnesses until September 2018, issuing its confidential report this January. The report’s contents — alleging police involvement in the smear campaign — are public only because the Post obtained a copy.

Lum has been charged with breach of confidence, insubordination and neglect of duty. Toronto police have offered to provide their evidence against him to Gahunia, if he signs a non-disclosure agreement.

The statement of claim accuses the defendants of invasion of privacy, breach of confidence, defamation, conspiracy, “misfeasance of public office,” negligence and intentional infliction of mental distress.

• Email: tblackwell@postmedia.com | Twitter: tomblackwellNP

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