Perjury case against RCMP related to Dziekanski’s death can proceed: B.C. judge

A judge has rejected an RCMP officer’s attempt to have a perjury case thrown out related to the inquiry into the death of Robert Dziekanski.

VANCOUVER — A judge has rejected an RCMP officer’s attempt to have a perjury case thrown out related to the inquiry into the death of Robert Dziekanski.

Const. Kwesi Millington was charged with perjury over his testimony at a public inquiry that examined what happened when Dziekanski was stunned with a Taser and died at Vancouver’s airport.

Millington was among four officers who confronted Dziekanski at the airport, and the Crown alleged the officers then colluded to lie about what happened, first to investigators and then at the inquiry.

The Crown wrapped up its case late last year and Millington’s lawyer asked the judge to end the trial and throw out the case.

But Judge William Ehrcke of B.C. Supreme Court says there is some evidence before the court that could support a conviction for perjury and the trial will proceed.

Ehrcke says the ruling does not mean that’s what he will ultimately decide when he issues his verdict at the end of the trial.