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Bail hearing postponed for ex-cop allegedly linked to Hells Angels

10/10/2013 11:19 EDT | Updated 01/23/2014 06:58 EST
A judge has postponed the bail hearing for retired Montreal police officer, Benoit Roberge, who is accused of leaking information to the Hells Angels.

Roberge arrived at a Montreal courthouse today with a police escort where the former sergeant-detective's next appearance was scheduled for October 17 after his lawyer withdrew from the case. 

Roberge faces two charges of gangsterism, one count of obstruction of justice and one count of breach of trust.

Montreal police chief, Marc Parent, said Roberge's alleged actions may have comprised some investigations involving the biker gang and said the charges have shaken former colleagues.

"The only consolation that we have is that he's behind bars, but we still have to work a better way of control," said Parent.

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Roberge had testified in a number of trials throughout his career, particularly in cases involving biker gangs such as the Rock Machine and Hells Angels.

An incriminating conversation caught on tape with high-ranking Hells Angel member, René Charlebois helped lead to the arrest.

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Quebec provincial police said an investigation into information leaks from inside the Montreal police force led them to Roberge, who retired from the Montreal police force in August and then worked for Revenue Quebec.

Prosecutors said they oppose Roberge being released on bail because of the seriousness of the charges and fears the case could be compromised if he is out of custody. 

Collateral damage

Meanwhile, Roberge's wife, Nancy Potvin, who has specialized in prosecuting organized crime, has been temporarily relieved of her duties.

She met with provincial police and her office said it does not have reason to believe Potvin was involved in any wrongdoing.

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