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Justice for Abdirahman Coalition demands answers in quick release of officer charged with manslaughter

Last Updated Mar 20, 2017 at 6:25 am EDT

Cst. Daniel Montsion, charged with manslaughter in the July 2016 death of Abdirahman Abdi. (YouTube screen capture)

OTTAWA — The release of the police officer charged with manslaughter in the death of Abdirahman Abdi, without making a court appearance, has a local group demanding answers.

Multiple charges, including manslaughter, were laid against Cst. Daniel Montsion in Abdi’s death after an investigation by the Special Investigations Unit.

Cst. Montsion was scheduled to appear in court two weeks ago, but had been released from the police station without appearing in court — something that’s almost unheard of.

Cst. Montsion was released from the police station by an SIU officer, according to the CBC.

The local Justice for Abdirahman Coalition calls the preferential treatment, saying that while adding insult to injury, it also tells Canadians that a different set of rules apply to police officers accused of wrongdoing.

“We are deeply troubled by this inconsistency in the application of justice and are even more concerned by the impact this has on the level of trust between the community and law enforcement,” Hamid Ibrahim, co-chair, Justice for Abdirahman Coalition wrote in a statement.

The Coalition demands that Attorney General Yasir Naqvi provide answers on what has happened in this case, and explain how he plans to ensure the case’s integrity as it moves through the courts.

Cst. Montsion is now scheduled to appear in court on March 29.

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