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CFNIS finds no evidence to support allegations against Colonel Labbé and Lieutenant-General Leach

26 October 1998
CFPM-98.044

OTTAWA -The Canadian Forces National Investigation Service (CFNIS) has determined that there is no evidence to support allegations of sexual misconduct made against Col. Serge Labbé, and that there is insufficient evidence to support allegations of inaction against Lt.-Gen. Bill Leach. The CFNIS has therefore concluded that no criminal or service offences were committed. No charges will be laid against either Colonel Labbé or Lieutenant-General Leach.
 

The allegations were put forward in a July 1996 memorandum addressed to then Major-General Leach, deputy commander of the army. The media was given a copy of this memorandum on June 17, 1998.
 

In addition to finding insufficient evidence against Lieutenant- General Leach, the CFNIS investigating team found no evidence to support the idea that any other individual within the chain of command had been made aware of the memorandum, or the information contained in it.
 

During the investigation, the investigating team conducted numerous interviews with military members and civilians. An RCMP inspector, who is currently seconded to the CFNIS and responsible for one of its investigative sections, supervised this investigation.
 

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Contact person:
Captain Alain Bissonnette,
Canadian Forces Provost Marshal Spokesperson
(613) 945-7298
(613) 780-0331 (pager)
 

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