Mil­i­tary says not enough proof to boot cadet for de­fil­ing Ko­ran

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An of­fi­cer cadet fac­ing ex­pul­sion from the Cana­dian Forces for des­e­crat­ing a Ko­ran is be­ing al­lowed to con­tinue his stud­ies at the Royal Mil­i­tary Col­lege in Saint-Jean, Que., but an­other stu­dent is still fight­ing to re­main in uni­form.

The two of­fi­cer cadets are among three first-year stu­dents who were or­dered ex­pelled af­ter de­fil­ing the Mus­lim holy book with ba­con and what sources have said was se­men dur­ing a cot­tage party last spring.

One left the col­lege and mil­i­tary, but the other two ap­pealed the de­ci­sion.

Chief of mil­i­tary per­son­nel Lieu­tenant-Gen­eral Charles La­marre says af­ter of­fi­cials took a sec­ond look, they de­ter­mined there wasn’t enough ev­i­dence to uphold the de­ci­sion to ex­pel one of them.

He and five oth­ers who were at the cot­tage when the Ko­ran was des­e­crated can stay at the mil­i­tary col­lege but have been is­sued writ­ten warn­ings, or­dered to take coun­selling and put on pro­ba­tion.

“They’re un­der­go­ing some pretty close scru­tiny to en­sure that the de­sired change to their be­hav­iour has oc­curred and con­tin­ues to oc­cur,” Lt.-Gen. La­marre said.

The stu­dent still ap­peal­ing his re­lease isn’t cur­rently at the col­lege, but Lt.-Gen. La­marre says mil­i­tary of­fi­cials are re­view­ing the case and will make a de­ci­sion on whether or not to ex­pel him soon.

“Does it mean that per­haps he could be re­in­stated in the Cana­dian Armed Forces?” Lt.Gen. La­marre said in an in­ter­view.

“Po­ten­tially. But we are pretty sure about the in­ves­ti­ga­tions we’ve done on this.”

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