Ab­so­lute dis­charge for two Amer­i­cans

Stanstead Journal - - FROM PAGE ONE - Ber­trand Gos­selin Sher­brooke Court­house

One­week ago, two Colom­bian-born Amer­i­can cit­i­zens, 29 year-old Jairo Agudelo who is a mem­ber of the Amer­i­can Air Force and Gio­vani Cepeda, 31, who is with the Amer­i­can Navy, were ac­cused of il­le­gally bring­ing four Colom­bians into Canada, drop­ping them off in Stanstead. The four Colom­bians were to ap­ply for refugee sta­tus.

Af­ter spend­ing a few days in jail, the two Amer­i­can cit­i­zens were brought be­fore Judge Serge Cham­poux for their bail hear­ing. The judge re­fused to re­lease them. The very next day, lawyer Blanchette brought his two clients be­fore Judge Michel Beau­chemin, to reg­is­ter a plea of guilty to the charges. Judge Beau­chemin gave both men ab­so­lute dis­charges and or­dered each of them to give $2,500 to a wor­thy cause. As the old say­ing goes, the right hand (Judge Michel Beau­chemin) gave what the left hand (Judge Serge Cham­poux) had re­fused to give the day be­fore.

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