03/17/2014 10:57 EDT | Updated 05/17/2014 05:59 EDT

Patrick Brazeau's fraud, breach of trust case put over to April 28

Suspended Senator Patrick Brazeau's lawyer appeared on his behalf Monday in Ottawa court over charges of fraud and breach of trust.

Christian Deslauriers asked that the court set the next date for April 28, but said Brazeau isn't likely to appear until either the preliminary hearing or trial starts, a process that isn't likely to start for months.

Brazeau, who was named to the Senate by Prime Minister Stephen Harper, and Mac Harb, a Liberal-appointed senator who's now retired, face charges of fraud and breach of trust following allegations they claimed living expenses to which they weren't entitled.

Both Brazeau and Harb say they did nothing wrong and that they complied with the Senate's rules.