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Saturday, March 8, 2014

Court Testimony Backs Deputy Premier

There was testimony at the trial of a senior official at the provincial Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture that corroborates Deputy Minister Paul Robichaud's contention that he did not interfere with an investigation of his brother.  

Peter Andrews, a senior official in the department is charged with obstruction of justice.

Wilbert Sabine, the head of enforcement with the Fisheries and Aquaculture Department, told the court the decision not to charge Robichaud's brother was made before a meeting between the Deputy Premier and Fisheries Minister Micheal Olscamp. Robichaud has consistently denied interfering with the investigation. 

Former Fisheries officer Gaeten Germain earlier testified he was told to drop the charge after the meeting was held and he was later told to lay the charge by a senior prosecutor in Bathurst because it was in the public interest to do so.