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Evgueni Mataev found guilty of pimping, assault in human trafficking case

12/20/2014 01:18 EST | Updated 02/19/2015 05:59 EST
After 18 days of deliberation, a jury at the Montreal courthouse found Evgeni Mataev guilty of two charges related to a case involving human trafficking.

Mataev was found guilty of assault and pimping, but there was a hung jury on the charge of human trafficking.

Crown prosecutor Pascal Dostelar said that it was quite possibly the longest deliberation in a jury trial in Quebec history.

A woman, whose name cannot be published because it is subject to a publication ban, testified via video that Mataev kept her as a sex slave for six months.

This was the second trial in the case, after a judge ordered a halt to the first trial. The reasons for that are also covered by a publication ban.

Mataev stood trial along with four co-defendants. Three of them were acquitted of all charges, and there was a hung jury for the fourth defendant on the charge of forcible confinement.

Dostelar said he will now consider whether to convene a third trial on the charges the jury could not agree on.

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