RCMP set­tle law­suit, apol­o­gize to B.C. woman ac­quit­ted of hu­man smug­gling

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - CANADA -

VAN­COU­VER — The RCMP have set­tled a law­suit and apol­o­gized for mak­ing what they de­scribe as im­proper com­ments about a West Van­cou­ver woman ac­cused and later ac­quit­ted of hu­man smug­gling.

Po­lice spokesman Supt. Sean Sul­li­van says the RCMP rec­og­nize that pub­lic state­ments made against Mum­taz Ladha over the course of the crim­i­nal in­ves­ti­ga­tion were im­proper and they apol­o­gize un­re­servedly.

Ladha set­tled a law­suit nearly three weeks ago against the Moun­ties for neg­li­gent in­ves­ti­ga­tion and defama­tion.

In a state­ment re­leased by her lawyer, Ladha says she sees the RCMP’s apol­ogy as the end of a “ter­ri­ble saga’’ and she looks for­ward to re­sum­ing her nor­mal life with her rep­u­ta­tion fully re­stored. Ladha was ac­cused in 2011 of hu­man traf­fick­ing and hu­man smug­gling af­ter she brought a young Tan­za­nian woman to Canada to work in her mul­ti­mil­lion-dol­lar West Van­cou­ver home. Ladha also set­tled a law­suit against B.C.’s civil for­fei­ture of­fice last year, ac­cus­ing it of re­ly­ing on the RCMP’s mis­lead­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tion to file a “neg­li­gent and ma­li­cious claim’’ on the fam­ily’s home, worth about $3 mil­lion at the time.

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