09/05/2013 03:34 EDT | Updated 11/05/2013 05:12 EST

Surinderpal Rathor Arrested: Williams Lake Councillor Facing Obstruction Of Justice Charge


WILLIAMS LAKE, B.C. - A longtime city councillor in B.C.'s central Interior has been arrested and charged with obstruction of justice.

The RCMP have issued a news release that says Surinderpal Rathor, who sits on the Williams Lake city council, has been charged in connection with his work as a police translator late last year.

The news release says Rathor was helping police investigators in a criminal case on Dec. 24, 2012, though the Mounties haven't disclosed details of the case.

The release says the charges relate to allegations that a translator interfered with an investigation.

Rathor was arrested and later released, with a court appearance scheduled for Oct. 2 in Williams Lake.

A biography on the City of Williams Lake website says Rathor has lived in the area for 38 years and is currently the longest-serving member on council.

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