Michael Applebaum case resumes after ex-Montreal mayor suffers dizzy spell

Michael Applebaum case resumes after ex-Montreal mayor suffers dizzy spell

Michael Applebaum looks on during a ceremony in Montreal, Monday November 19, 2012, where he officially became interim mayor of Montreal. A judge will rule today on whether ex-Montreal mayor Michael Applebaum is guilty of 14 corruption-related charges. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes.

MONTREAL — The court case involving Michael Applebaum is back underway after being suspended briefly when the ex-Montreal mayor had a dizzy spell while standing.

Applebaum nearly collapsed as he was about to find out whether he would be found guilty or innocent on 14 corruption-related charges.

He had been standing for more than an hour when he stumbled and one of his lawyers had to catch him before he fell.

When the dizziness occurred, the judge had just been talking about statements by Applebaum caught on wiretap.

Applebaum pleaded not guilty in earlier court appearances to the charges, including fraud against the government and breach of trust.

The Crown alleged he accepted cash through a former aide in return for favours given to local real-estate developers and engineering firms.

The charges stem from crimes alleged to have occurred in two separate deals between 2007 and 2010 when Applebaum was mayor of Montreal’s largest borough.

Applebaum, who served as interim Montreal mayor between November 2012 and June 2013, did not testify at his trial.

His lawyer told the trial last November that the Crown’s evidence was weak and depended on witnesses who testified against Applebaum to save their own skin.

The Canadian Press

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