Here is the Montreal Gazzette (english) version.


The Hells Angels scored another judicial victory Wednesday as a Superior Court judge tossed out a slew of charges against high-ranking club member Salvatore Cazzetta.
Cazzetta was facing five counts of gangsterism and conspiracy to commit fraud among other alleged crimes stemming from a 2009 arrest. However, Judge James Brunton had to dismiss the charges because of a series of delays in Cazzetta’s trial.
The delays violated timeframes outlined by the Supreme Court of Canada’s Jordan decision — which states that Superior Court trials must be completed within 30 months of the suspect’s arraignment.
Defence lawyers argued Cazzetta’s trial would likely end only in the summer of 2017 — some 96 months after he was charged alongside other suspects in the Machine raids. The operation saw some 600 police from the RCMP, Sûreté du Québec and Kahnawake Peacekeepers break up an alleged contraband tobacco ring.
Brunton issued his decision in a Longueuil courthouse after deliberating for two days.
“We are absolutely satisfied with this decision,” said Anne-Marie Lanctot, Cazzetta’s lawyer. “We were way past the timeframe … Really, the only delays we were responsible for add up to about 11 months. The Crown made a strategic decision to try to introduce evidence that was inadmissible, which caused delay after delay after delay.”
The case against Cazzetta’s co-accused — Peter Rice and his sons Peter Francis and Burton — was also thrown out Wednesday.
This is the second time charges against Cazzetta have been dropped because of unreasonable court delays. In 2011, Brunton dismissed Cazzetta’s case and that of 30 others rounded up in the 2009 SharQC raids.
Though Cazzetta will not serve time for the gangsterism charges, he’s still awaiting trial for his arrest related to the Sûreté du Québec’s Magot-Mastiff’s organized crime probe.
Representatives from the Quebec Crown prosecutor’s office did not respond to the Montreal Gazette’s interview requests.