03/01/2013 10:48 EST | Updated 05/01/2013 05:12 EDT

Case adjourned for New Brunswick civil servant charged with obstruction

FREDERICTON - A senior employee with the New Brunswick government charged with obstruction of justice has had his case adjourned.

A lawyer appeared on behalf of Peter Andrews today in a Fredericton court.

The matter was set over until April 26.

Andrews is the executive director of corporate services with the province's Department of Aquaculture, Agriculture and Fisheries.

The 56-year-old Nasonworth man was charged in February after a lengthy RCMP probe into a complaint from the Opposition Liberals.

The Mounties say they began investigating last spring after receiving a letter from then-interim Liberal leader Victor Boudreau.

The letter alleged that someone within government may have interfered with an investigation under the provincial Aquaculture Act.