Fam­ily paid gam­bling debts: Gre­wal lawyer

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OT­TAWA— A lawyer speak­ing for Raj Gre­wal says the Bramp­ton, Ont., East MP wants to clar­ify it was “only” his fam­ily that helped pay back money he bor­rowed to fuel his gam­bling prob­lem.

He said these loans are com­pletely trace­able and that “every­body has been paid back.” That raised ques­tions from NDP MP Nathan Cullen about how Gre­wal man­aged to re­pay the money he bor­rowed if he was al­ready mil­lions in debt.

Cullen said Gre­wal’s clar­i­fi­ca­tion doesn’t dis­pel all his ques­tions. He said his con- cern cen­tres on whether Gre­wal, in tak­ing loans to fuel his gam­bling, ex­posed him­self as an elected MP to the po­ten­tial in­flu­ence of his cred­i­tors — some­thing akin to an MP tak­ing out­sized cam­paign con­tri­bu­tions from cer­tain in­di­vid­u­als.

Bramp­ton East MP Raj Gre­wal is un­der in­tense scru­tiny re­lated to gam­bling.

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