The Bettez family considers that the prosecutors are multiplying the steps to hinder the smooth running of the case. The date for the start of the civil trial has not yet been set.
Jonathan Bettez wishes to be compensated for the fees of his lawyers which increase over the proceedings undertaken by the opposing party and which he describes as “abusive and dilatory”, according to what we learn in a notice filed with the courtyard. He is therefore claiming $10,000.
For example, the Defendants would have heavily redacted documents without giving specific reasons. They allegedly refused to respond to requests to provide documents from the Sûreté du Québec.
The timeline and goals set by the Court are not being met, according to the family lawyer.
“The court may penalize significant shortcomings found in the course of the proceedings by ordering compensation for the payment of the professional fees of its lawyer. »
— Article 342 of the Code of Civil Procedure
The Trifluvien began a civil lawsuit of 10 million dollars in 2019 against the Attorney General of Quebec, the Sûreté du Québec and the police officers responsible for his arrest on grounds related to child pornography and for which he was cleared in 2018 .
During an upcoming debate between the parties, Jonathan Bettez's lawyer intends to file documents that he considers essential to demonstrate that the police did not have valid grounds to arrest him.
< p class="e-p"> Arguing that the investigation into the murder of Cédrika Provencher is still ongoing, SQ prosecutors have requested notice before any transcripts of interrogations or documents are produced in the file of the Court.
Since the murderer of Cédrika Provencher is still at large, the police lawyers are likely to plead that this investigation should not be harmed and thus reduce the chances of the stop.
“Plaintiffs understand that Defendants intend to apply to the Court for publication bans as well as sealing of certain documents”
— Jessy Héroux, attorney for Jonathan Bettez
These documents include:
Excerpts from the preliminary interrogation of Michel Perron, the former team leader of the Sûreté du Québec, who investigated both the disappearance and the murder of Cédrika Provencher. He was also a team leader in the child pornography file.
Excerpts from the examination for discovery of investigators Katherine Guimond and Chantal Daudelin
The Sûreté du Québec action plan of April 11, 2016 produced by Michel Perron
The communication plan of the Sûreté du Québec in connection with the events of August 25, 29 and 30, 2016
The communication plans 'operations for the searches of August 2016
Reminders for meetings with Emballages Bettez employees
The hearing is scheduled for February 13 at the Montreal courthouse.