Montreal Police Complete City Hall Raid in Anti-Corruption Probe

Quebec’s anti-corruption police unit said it completed a raid at Montreal City Hall that local media say is part of an investigation into allegations of illegal political financing.

About 125 investigators descended upon Montreal City Hall and six borough offices at about 4 p.m. yesterday, Anne-Frederick Laurence, a spokeswoman for the unit, said in a telephone interview. The raid lasted until early today, Laurence said, declining to say what the investigators are focusing on. Radio-Canada reported that the agency is probing illegal financing.

Montreal Mayor Michael Applebaum told RDI television today he met with investigators and isn’t a target of the raids. Applebaum said he answered all questions and that his administration is cooperating with police.

The raid comes as a government-appointed commission, whose hearings are televised daily in Quebec, continues to look into the granting and management of public construction contracts. Hearings began in May.

Applebaum became interim mayor three months ago after his predecessor, Gerald Tremblay, quit amid reports that his party received illegal contributions. Tremblay denied the allegations, which emerged during testimony at the public contracts commission.

Montreal’s next municipal elections are scheduled to take place in November.

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