The SPVG maintains that its agents were called in as reinforcements to help the bailiff execute his order in the diplomatic conflict involving a Senegalese diplomat (archives) .
An order from the Administrative Housing Tribunal, of which Radio-Canada obtained a copy, explains the reason for the visit of a bailiff to the residence of a Senegalese diplomat on August 2. This visit degenerated and the police went to the scene. A tough intervention ensued, which turned into a diplomatic incident.
It was after this decision that a bailiff went to the house of the lady who was arrested and then released by the Service de police de la Ville de Gatineau (SPVG). She owed more than $45,000 in damages to her landlord, according to court documents.
The decision was rendered on June 2, but the lady was absent during the hearing.
In the document, we learn that the landlord is seeking recovery of the unpaid rent from the the time of the tenant's departure, damages for damage to the dwelling, plus interest and the additional indemnity provided for in the Civil Code of Quebec and the costs.
The diplomat is said to have occupied a bungalow in Gatineau for two years, from November 2018 to October 2020, and left behind considerable damage and damage.
Mildew on the walls, soaked floors and infestations of cockroaches are among them.
Furniture was reportedly damaged and some is missing, again according to the document returned by the court.
The Republic of Senegal said on Friday that one of its diplomats serving in Ottawa was beaten at her home by police on August 2.
The Senegalese Embassy had issued a press release from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Senegalese Abroad on its Facebook page about the incident.
During this operation, the Canadian police exercised humiliating physical and moral violence on the diplomat in front of witnesses and in the presence of her minor children, according to the press release.
Despite being reminded of the victim's status as a diplomat and of the inviolability of her home, the elements of the Canadian police handcuffed her and savagely beat her, to the point that she had difficulty breathing. , which led to an evacuation by ambulance to the hospital, can we read in the official version of the Senegalese government.
For its part, the SPVG supports rather than its members subdued and arrested a person who had been violent towards the officers.
The police say, in a press release, that their agents were called in to help the bailiff execute his order.
The police force maintains that they have faced an aggressive person [who refused] to cooperate and that the police intervened to explain the process and to ensure that everything went smoothly.
A police officer reportedly punched in the face during the intervention, which prompted his colleagues to arrest this person for the safety of those present.
The person resisted arrest and bitten a second officer. The person was then brought to the ground to be subdued, police said. The person was detained in the back of the patrol vehicle, under the supervision of a policewoman, until the bailiff executed his order and the situation returned to calm. At no time did the person mention having been injured or having pain when questioned.
The paramedics would then have called the SPVG for assistance later in the day, shortly after 3 p.m., to intervene with this person.
Senegal accuses the Canadian police of having “wildly beat up a diplomat
The Senegalese government called the incident a flagrant violation of the 1961 Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations.
He also says he has asked for an investigation to be opened and for the perpetrators of this unacceptable attack to be prosecuted, which constitutes a serious attack on the physical integrity of the person and on human dignity.
Global Affairs Canada takes its obligations regarding diplomatic relations very seriously.
We are extremely concerned about the alleged treatment of a Senegalese diplomat by the Service de police de la Ville de Gatineau (SPVG). What happened is simply unacceptable, the ministry said on Saturday.
Due to diplomatic immunity, the Director of Criminal and Penal Prosecutions (DPCP) closed the file concerning the police complaint, indicated the Quebec Ministry of Public Security.
The ministry also confirmed that the Independent Investigations Bureau (BEI) has been mandated to investigate the events.
The Senegalese Embassy refused interview requests from Radio-Canada.