Man charged in Edmonton abduction pleads not guilty

One of the two men charged in an alleged Edmonton abduction has pleaded not guilty.

One of the two men charged in an alleged Edmonton abduction has pleaded not guilty.

Harsumeet Singh Brar, 19, pleaded not guilty to three charges of breaching his release conditions in Red Deer provincial court on Wednesday. He is to return to court on Aug. 14 to confirm the trial date.

Gursumeet Singh Brar, 20, also faces charges in relation to the incident, including two counts of failing to stop for police and two counts of breaching a recognizance. He did not enter a plea and had his matter was put over to Aug. 28.

Both men remain in custody and have a no-contact order with each other.

The charges stem from an incident on July 7 when Edmonton police allege a man met the Brars in an Edmonton parking lot. The Brars allegedly were interested in purchasing a vehicle the man had posted on the online classifieds website Kijiji.

It is alleged the victim was forced into his vehicle and driven to Calgary, where his alleged abductors picked up a third suspect. It was then that the man escaped the trunk of his vehicle in Calgary and contacted Calgary police.

Calgary police entered into a pursuit, which ended near Red Deer when local RCMP deployed a spike belt and arrested the suspects.