10/01/2013 08:23 EDT | Updated 12/01/2013 05:12 EST

Gilles Vaillancourt expected to enter plea in court

Former Laval mayor Gilles Vaillancourt and 36 other suspects will appear in court this morning in connection with multiple accusations.

Vaillancourt faces 12 charges including conspiracy, fraud, influence peddling, breach of trust and gangsterism.

He is expected to enter a plea of not guilty.

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former director of engineering in Laval, Claude Deguise, former Laval city manager, Claude Asselin, Quebec entrepreneurs Antonio (Tony) Accurso and Mike Mergl, as well as former vice-president of the Dessau engineering firm Rosaire Sauriol.

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