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Fighting pair held for bribery
Johannesburg - A Tembisa couple were arrested for corruption on Friday after offering a policeman R1 000 not to make an arrest, police said.

The 24-year-old woman opened a case of serious assault against her 27-year-old boyfriend earlier in December after he assaulted her during an argument, said spokesperson Cynthia Kleinhans.

When police had trouble finding him, they suspected he was still living with the woman, but that she was too afraid to say so. They raided the house on Friday at 04:00.

"They found the boyfriend and the woman together in the house. Read more

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Police officer fired over abuse of authority allegations

OTTAWA -- A 20-year veteran of the Gatineau police was booted off the force Wednesday after a disciplinary panel found him guilty of discreditable conduct.

The charge under the city's ethics bylaw stems from revelations in October the officer was using his position of authority to abuse an unnamed victim, QMI Agency has learned.

He was suspended without pay last fall after the complainant came forward.

Though police have not disclosed the identity of the officer nor the exact nature of the allegations against him, sources said the criminal allegations are of a sexual nature.

The case was first referred to Quebec's public safety ministry, which later authorized the force to proceed with a criminal investigation.

Unlike Ontario, where the SIU often handles complaints against police, Quebec has no civilian oversight body. Local police forces in Quebec are often tasked with investigating their own members.

Police director Mario Harel ordered an internal investigation and brought the officer up on a charge of discreditable conduct. The force, he said, has lost confidence in the officer.

"It's really unfortunate, because we have another 350 officers that do their job professionally. This reflects on all the officers, but the others are still doing their jobs professionally," Harel said.

On Wednesday, city council fired the officer on the recommendation of the disciplinary committee. The officer is just the second to be dismissed since amalgamation in 2002.

The criminal investigation is wrapping up and will be sent to the Crown soon. However, any decision on whether to pursue the matter will likely be delayed after 450 Crown prosecutors walked off the job Tuesday.

No criminal charges have been laid against the officer.

Calls to Gatineau's police union president Rock Legault and vice-president Eric Beauchamp were not returned.

The dismissal follows last week's paid suspension of another unnamed officer after his ex-wife filed complaints against him.


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