Min­is­ter’s hus­band agrees to psy­chi­atric as­sess­ment

Cape Breton Post - - CAPE BRETON/PROVINCE -

HAL­I­FAX — The hus­band of Nova Sco­tia’s im­mi­gra­tion min­is­ter has been taken into cus­tody at a psy­chi­atric hos­pi­tal on charges he as­saulted, threat­ened and choked her on New Year’s Eve. Maroun Diab was in Hal­i­fax pro­vin­cial court Thurs­day where he con­sented to a 30-day as­sess­ment at the East Coast Foren­sic Hos­pi­tal to de­ter­mine his fit­ness to stand trial and crim­i­nal re­spon­si­bil­ity. Diab had been re­leased on a se­ries of con­di­tions last month, in­clud­ing pro­hibit­ing him from hav­ing any con­tact with his wife, Lena Diab, and two other peo­ple. He also faces two counts of threat­en­ing two other peo­ple and will re­turn to court March 8. Hal­i­fax po­lice con­firmed that the 58-year-old was ar­rested early New Year’s Day af­ter they re­ceived a call shortly be­fore mid­night from the Di­abs’ home near Mount Saint Vin­cent Univer­sity. Lena Diab later de­scribed the in­ci­dent as a “very tragic, sad, pri­vate and per­sonal mat­ter,’’ and pub­licly thanked the com­mu­nity for sup­port­ing her and her fam­ily of four chil­dren and one grand­child.

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