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More on Chartier

October 27, 2006 permalink

A jury refused to convict Marie-Emilie Chartier (link to earlier story) of kidnapping her own children, following a pattern in the case of Carline VandenElsen. Chartier was convicted on a lesser offense of falsifying a passport application.



Mother convicted after taking children to Sweden

An Ottawa jury has found a mother of four guilty of making false statements on a passport application but are undecided as to whether she was also guilty of abducting her children when she took them to Sweden in March 2005.

Marie-Emilie Chartier, 36, was wanted on a Canada-Wide warrant and sparked international police alerts when she boarded a flight from Montreal to Sweden on March 15, while the children were legally in the care of their grandmother, who lives in Ottawa.

The jury found that on Jan. 28, 2005, Ms. Chartier applied for passports for herself and the children, disregarding the section of the passport application that requires applicants to say whether they are involved in any legal proceedings related to custody or access to children.

Assistant Crown attorney David Elhadad has confirmed she has been found guilty of “making false statements to obtain passports”. He said a pre-sentence report has been ordered and Ms. Chartier will return to court on Dec. 15 to set a date for sentencing.

Mr. Elhadad said the jury could not reach a consensus on the four charges of “abduction in contravention of a custody order” and therefore Ms. Chartier will return to assignment court on Nov. 3, where the Crown will decide whether she will be retried on those charges.

Source: Ottawa Citizen