Ex Que. Lt.-Gov. can't claim immunity from fraud charges: Judge

Lise Thibault at the Quebec courthouse Thursday, May 29, 2014. (STEVENS LEBLANC/QMI Agency)

Lise Thibault at the Quebec courthouse Thursday, May 29, 2014. (STEVENS LEBLANC/QMI Agency)

Kathleen Frenette, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 3:02 PM ET

QUEBEC CITY - Former Quebec lieutenant-governor Lise Thibault can't claim royal immunity for allegedly defrauding taxpayers of $700,000, a judge ruled Monday.

Judge Carol St-Cyr also rejected Thibault's claim to have been on the job 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

The judge said Thibault "could have worked day as well as night but was not in the exercise of her duties at all times."

The setback for Thibault means she will have to defend the $700,000 in expenses that auditors, the Crown and police say were unjustified.

"‹Thibault, 75, had claimed that because she was the Queen's representative, she was above Canadian law.

The Quebec Court of Appeal rejected her arguments and the Supreme Court of Canada refused to hear her case.

The latest ruling on Monday cleared the way for Thibault to be called to the witness stand.

Thibault was viceroy from 1997 to 2007."

 


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