Judge keeps Lepine blogger in jail
MONTREAL (CP) — A Quebec judge has denied bail to a man who started a blog bearing the name of Polytechnique killer Marc Lepine and allegedly made threats against women on it.
Jean-Claude Rochefort will now remain behind bars until the end of his case.
Quebec court Judge Claude Leblond, in denying bail on Thursday, called Rochefort’s writings anti-feminist and antiwomen and said the comments showed a “ visceral hatred of women in general.”
Rochefort has pleaded not guility to one count of uttering threats against women in general after a police investigation into his blog named after Lepine, who killed 14 women and then himself in a 1989 rampage in Montreal.
A Montreal police investigator testified he visited Rochefort’s apartment after receiving a complaint in October, in part to seize a weapon that the federal gun registry had turned up.
Sgt.-Det. Marco Caya said he tried to reason with Rochefort that day, informing him that his blog posts had incited fear among various women’s groups.
It was the second time police had visited Rochefort about the blog since June 2009.
“I suggested to him that he stop writing,” Caya said. “I also strongly suggested that he stop posting photos.”
Caya said Rochefort, 61, admitted to authoring the blog posts under three pseudonyms, and said grudgingly that he would be more careful with his words starting on that day.
But he said the pattern didn’t change.
Caya said he would note 19 further posts between his visit on Nov. 2 and Rochefort’s arrest on Dec. 4.
Rochefort was taken into custody just days before the 20th anniversary of the Polytechnique massacre on Dec. 6.
The blog remains online and untouched since Rochefort’s arrest and police have been unable to convince its American host to take it down.
The controversial blog, written in English and French, claims Lepine has evolved into a folk hero because his name resonates even today. OTTAWA (CP) — The military judge hearing overseeing the court martial of a Canadian soldier, accused of killing a wounded Taliban fighter on the battlefield, has adjourned until next week.
The case against Capt. Robert Semrau will resume Wednesday in Gatineau, Que., when the composition of the panel will decided.
A panel of officers decides the fate of the accused in military trials.
It is unclear whether the judge will deal with a request by military prosecutors to slap a publication ban on some of the evidence.
The court will be asked to ban the entire contents of a witness affidavit and to keep the name of the person a secret.
Semrau was charged with second degree murder following a prolonged October 2008 clash involving Afghan troops, their Canadian mentors, British forces and the Taliban in Lashkar Gah, the capital of Helmand province.