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Mumtaz Ladha suing RCMP after acquittal of human trafficking charges

02/23/2015 01:29 EST | Updated 04/25/2015 05:59 EDT
Mumtaz Ladha, a West Vancouver woman who made international headlines when she was charged and subsequently acquitted of human trafficking, has launched a lawsuit.

Ladha wants to recover her reputation and financial losses, and is suing the RCMP and B.C.'s civil forfeiture office, said a statement from her lawyer David Martin.

"The RCMP sensationalized the laying of criminal charges during a May 17, 2011 news conference," said Martin in a statement released on Monday morning in Vancouver. 

Ladha was found not guilty of the charges two years later, with Justice Lauri Ann Fenlon concluding that not only was there reasonable doubt to her guilt, but that she was convinced Ladha's accuser was lying.

Her accuser — whose identity is protected by a court order — was a young single mother from Africa who told RCMP Ladha brought her to Canada to be an unpaid housekeeper.

Ladha is suing B.C.'s civil forfeiture office after it filed a claim against her multi-million dollar West Vancouver home, freezing the family's main asset while they needed cash to mount a defence, her lawyer said.

"[The director] is alleged to have blindly relied on the RCMP investigation to file a negligent and malicious claim to the family home ... in an attempt to meet monetary quota requirements," the statement reads.

Statements of defence have not yet been filed.

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