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Applebaum arraignment set for December

Applebaum arraignment set for December

Former Montreal and Côte-des-Neiges—Notre-Dame-de-Grâce mayor Michael Applebaum’s arraignment has been moved to Dec. 11.

Applebaum, along with former city councillor Saulie Zajdel and former permits director in the borough, Jean-Yves Bisson, were originally supposed to be arraigned in court on Oct. 9.

Represented in court by their lawyers, the arraignment was instead pushed back two months. A date for a preliminary inquiry for the three men is yet to be set.
Together they face a combined 23 charges, including corruption in municipal affairs, conspiracy and fraud.

Applebaum faces 14 charges, and his involvement in allegedly corrupt projects may also be broader than initially believed after his arrest on June 17.

The former CDN-NDG mayor was first thought to have been involved in two questionable real estate deals in the borough between 2006 and 2011, one being the NDG Sports Centre and the other a condo project on Troie Ave.

However, according to court documents recently obtained by a number of Montreal media outlets, Quebec’s anti-corruption task force (UPAC) has investigated as many as 10 more real estate projects in the borough.

The documents indicate that Applebaum would have allegedly authorized zoning changes and permits for developers in exchange for money.

Some of the transactions date back to 2002, when Applebaum was first elected mayor of CDN-NDG, whereas others are as recent as 2012.

According to the documents, UPAC also investigated the new MUHC superhospital, the site of a former orphanage on Côte-Saint-Luc Road and various condominium developments in the borough.

Applebaum served as mayor of CDN-NDG for 10 years before city council elected him interim mayor of Montreal last November.

He resigned from the position following his arrest.

Jesse Feith

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