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Charges laid over flyers

The election campaign manager and financial officer for former B.C.solicitor general Kash Heed were charged yesterday in a Vancouver courtin connection to illegal election flyers.

The election campaign manager and financial officer for former B.C. solicitor general Kash Heed were charged yesterday in a Vancouver court in connection to illegal election flyers.

Heed, who resigned as solicitor general last month, will not face any charges, according to special prosecutor Terrence Robertson.

“The investigation,” wrote Robertson, “centred on the production, distribution and financing of three election pamphlets, and included an examination of the election financing report filed on behalf of Kash Heed.”

According to media reports, the pamphlets at the centre of the investigation were Chinese language and contained statements that the NDP would legalize heroin and bring in an inheritance tax. Heed defeated NDP candidate Gabriel Yiu in Vancouver-Fraserview by 748 votes.

Barinder Sall, chair of Heed’s election campaign, was charged with three counts under the Elections Act and three more under the Criminal Code, including obstruction of justice.

Heed’s financial officer, Satpal Johl, was charged under the Elections Act for allegedly failing to ensure that all election expenses were properly recorded.

A third man, Dinesh Khanna of North American Mailing, the company that allegedly produced the pamphlets, was also charged with five counts.

In his statement, Robertson said there was no evidence that Heed was involved in the production of the pamphlets or had knowledge of them.

There was also nothing to show that Heed, former chief of the West Vancouver Police Department, had any knowledge that the election financing report was false.

 
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