Ex-investigator of the Permanent Anti-Corruption Unit accused of “baseless” of having been at the origin of media leaks has just filed a $1 million civil lawsuit against the state, in addition to demanding an apology and the holding of a public inquiry.
“He is the victim of a most Machiavellian and illegal scheme by those who are supposed to ensure justice within our society. The truthful factual framework [of this affair] is worthy of the greatest film or series scripts, but is carried out at great expense by the State, on the backs of Quebec citizens “, deplores Richard Despaties in the court document rendered public yesterday at the Montreal courthouse.
Mr. Despaties is particularly against the former head of the Permanent Anti-Corruption Unit (UPAC) Robert Lafrenière and his close collaborators, who were splashed in a recent judgment indicating that it was Lafrenière himself who allegedly organized media leaks on ongoing investigations.
However, before these revelations, the UPAC had initiated the “ Project A ” aimed at investigating media leaks. This “phony investigation” had targeted Mr. Despaties as the main suspect, as well as MP Guy Ouellette, who has since been cleared of all suspicion.
This affair ultimately led to the dismissal of Mr. Despaties in 2016. < /p>
A grievance had been filed, but during his hearing, an agreement was finally reached.
“By a forced decision based on false accusations […] and burned by the actions illegally taken by the management of UPAC, [M. Despaties] was pressured into accepting a very unfair and damaging settlement , which ruined his career,” reads the civil suit.
However, at the time of signing the grievance settlement agreement, the State was well aware that Mr. Despaties was innocent, alleges the latter, who is therefore asking the court to cancel the agreement, to be compensated, and to be reinstated in his job at UPAC.
To clear his reputation, he is also calling for an apology and a public inquiry.
“The actions of the UPAC management were not committed inadvertently or by accident, but consciously and with full knowledge of the facts  ;”, is it stated in the court document.
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