Abdullah Sheikh’s lawyer, François Legault, was shocked to hear that he was “delighted to get rid of this person.”
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In an interview with TVA Nouvelles, Mr. Me François Legault, who represented the Sheikh, criticized the ouster of the prime minister who shares the same name as him.
“It is very disturbing to hear what the Prime Minister has said. We live in a legal society governed by democratic institutions. One of the pillars of that system is the judiciary. “The judicial system ensures that anyone arrested and accused is presumed innocent,” explains the lawyer.
The latter, who has been a Crown attorney for 35 years, likes to recall the importance of the presumption of innocence.
“You can’t say I’m glad we got rid of that guy. It’s very disturbing to hear that,” Me Legault insists. “We never said that.”
Last March, Abdullah Sheikh was cleared by the Commission for the Review of Mental Disorders (CETM).
However, the 26-year-old was diagnosed with schizophrenia and an antisocial and narcissistic personality. According to Me Legault, the CETM did not possess the jurisdiction or the elements to refuse to release his client.
“Unless a person represents a significant danger to society, they should be released unconditionally,” the lawyer argues.
Mr. The Sheikh then resumed taking his medication and indicated that he wanted to resume work, says Me François Legault.
“There were many elements that showed M Abdullah Sheikh was in control,” he explains.
However, the lawyer notes that he has not heard from his client after March 29, 2022.
“What has happened since that date? Unfortunately, I don’t know. Apparently, he was unwell last week,” she laments.
Watch the video above to watch the full interview.
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