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Court case against off-duty cops set to begin in two weeks

Lawyers for two Lower Mainland police officers charged with assault androbbery of a newspaper deliveryman appeared in provincial court inVancouver Monday.

Lawyers for two Lower Mainland police officers charged with assault and robbery of a newspaper deliveryman appeared in provincial court in Vancouver Monday.

The case against New Westminster Const. Jeffrey Klassen and West Vancouver Const. Griffin Gillen was put over until Feb. 27.

Crown lawyer Ralph Keefer said Vancouver police investigators are doing “a thorough job” and expects to have “full disclosure from them by the end of the week.”

The two officers are charged in an alleged attack on deliveryman Firoz Khan, 47, outside the Hyatt Regency on Burrard Street at 2:30 a.m. on Jan. 21. The two officers were off duty at the time of the alleged incident.

In the days following, Khan told reporters he had been robbed of $200 and his cellphone in the incident and that his attackers yelled racial slurs at him.

Gillen has been charged with robbery and Klassen has been charged with assault. Vancouver police also recommended a charge of possession of stolen property against Klassen, but the charge was not approved.

A member of the Delta police was also arrested, but no charges were recommended against him.

 
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