FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
The Justice for Abdirahman Coalition expresses disappointment concerning second delay
in judicial pre-trial for Montsion
(Ottawa, May 11, 2017) The Justice for Abdirahman Coalition is expressing disappointment concerning the second delay in the judicial pre-trial of Constable Daniel Montsion, the Ottawa police officer charged in the 2016 death of Abdirahman Abdi. Although the pre-trial was set to begin on May 1, it was was adjourned to give the defence more time to review evidence. Yesterday’s decision to approve yet another request to delay proceedings has been met with deep disappointment, both on the part of the Coalition as well as concerned members of the community at large.
Despite recognizing that such developments are commonplace in judicial proceedings, it should be noted that this case carries with it far reaching implications regarding police-community relations.
With a new pre-trial set for July 12, the Abdi family approaches the first anniversary of Abdirahman’s death only to be told once again that justice will be delayed. Due process in a timely manner is all they ask.
The Coalition has been at the forefront in the calls for transparency, accountability, and justice in this case since Abdirahman’s death. The Coalition strongly urges all relevant parties to undertake a concerted effort in both effectively and efficiently adjudicating this matter in such a way that would end the suffering of a family that has been too long without peace.
Communities across the province have been traumatized by this tragedy. Many are watching this case closely and hoping for restored faith in our justice system.
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Justice for Abdirahman Coalition
The Justice for Abdirahman (JFA) Coalition (“the Coalition”) is a group formed within days of Mr. Abdi’s death. The Coalition is based in Ottawa and supported by local and national advocacy groups. The Coalition’s objectives are to obtain greater transparency, challenge racial inequity, increase support for mental health needs and bring positive change to our law enforcement institutions. The Coalition asserts that fairness, transparency and accountability in our law enforcement institutions are critical to ensuring all of our safety and security.