Military says not enough proof to boot cadet for defiling Koran
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.”