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Final arguments Wednesday in civil suit pitting Guy Lafleur against Crown, cops

01/26/2015 03:34 EST | Updated 03/28/2015 05:59 EDT
MONTREAL - Lawyers have finished presenting evidence at the civil trial of retired hockey great Guy Lafleur.

Final arguments will take place Wednesday in a case that has the former Montreal Canadiens star suing the Crown and Montreal police for $2.16 million over what he deems an unjustified and exaggerated arrest.

Lafleur was arrested in 2008 and found guilty in 2009 of giving contradictory testimony at his son's bail hearing on sex charges.

The conviction was overturned on appeal in 2010.

Lafleur claims his reputation was tarnished by a heavily reported arrest warrant issued by authorities and that he suffered financial losses as a result.

The police and Crown maintain they were justified in proceeding with the warrant given the seriousness of the rare offence.

Quebec Superior Court Justice Andre Wery is hearing the case, which is into its third week.

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