Testimony Begins In Ahenakew’s Re-Trial

Monday, November 24, 2008 at 14:06



A second trial into whether a former Aboriginal leader wilfully promoted hatred against Jews is underway in Saskatoon today.


A witness in the David Ahenakew trial admitted this morning that he did not know what was said between the time that Ahenakew and a reporter agreed to an interview and the time that interview was taped.


Inspector John Kubat, a police officer who investigated the anti-Semitic remarks Ahenakew made to the reporter in 2002, was testifying under cross-examination.


Outside court, Ahenakew’s lawyer, Doug Christie, said what was said during that time interval goes to the heart of the case.


Ahenakew was previously convicted of wilfully promoting hatred, but that decision was overturned on appeal.


His current trial is taking place in Court of Queen’s Bench.