Quebec man facing genocide charge linked to alleged threats against Trudeau, Muslims

MONTREAL — A Quebec man charged last December in connection with alleged online threats against Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Muslims is facing two new charges.

The RCMP said 62-year-old Andre Audet of Boucherville, Que., will appear in court south of Montreal today to face charges of intimidating a justice system participant and advocating genocide.

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Cpl. Charles Poirier says the justice system participant Audet is accused of intimidating is the prime minister.

The RCMP says the investigation that began last year found about 100 online posts containing hate, threats or incitement to violence, allegedly made under various pseudonyms, against Muslims and the prime minister.

Audet was originally charged in December with incitement of hatred and wilful promotion of hatred.

Police say a full analysis of the evidence since then led them to add the two new charges, adding it's the first time someone in Quebec has been charged with advocating genocide following an RCMP investigation.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published July 13, 2020.

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