MONTREAL - Former Montreal mayor Michael Applebaum and two alleged accomplices were arraigned in absentia Wednesday in an alleged kickback scheme.
Applebaum and former city councillors Saulie Zadjel and Jean-Yves Bisson were not present, as is their right, and they were represented by lawyers.
Legal counsel did not enter pleas.
Applebaum, 50, faces 14 counts for alleged transactions between 2006 and 2011, when he was mayor of a north-end borough.
The charges relate to two real estate projects.
Zadjel faces five charges including embezzlement and corruption.
Bisson faces four charges related to his time as head of permits and inspections in Applebaum's borough.
A public inquiry has heard that Mafia-linked contractors bribed bureaucrats while funnelling money to the Union Montreal party, of which Applebaum was a member.
Applebaum resigned in June after Quebec's anti-corruption unit arrested him.