Lawyer Jenny McKnight told this newspaper that “This was the right thing for the prosecutors to do.”
McKnight said, Kola “is certainly relieved to have her name removed from the list of people accused.
“This ordeal has left scars on Veronika and her family, and now their healing can begin.”
RCMP announced charges in the sweeping, 10-month long, anti-corruption project in April 2020.
The RCMP alleged the Ottawa officers traded information on the location of collisions to select tow truck operators in exchange for cash.
Ottawa police said that in June 2019 they “received information that a member of the service was involved in alleged criminal behaviour related to corrupt practice. The OPS then immediately requested that the RCMP ‘O’ Division Anti-Corruption Unit investigate the matter.”
Around that time, Ottawa tow truck drivers went to Ottawa police with information that they had seen what appeared to be an Ottawa police computer or terminal inside a tow truck that they alleged was being favoured by police at the scenes of collisions.
In July 2019, the RCMP began investigating the allegations, but emails viewed by this newspaper show that tow-truck drivers had been communicating with Ottawa police about the allegations since at least 2018.
All three officers remain suspended with pay.
None of the allegations against any of the remaining accused has yet been tested.
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