For the first time in Quebec, an RCMP investigation has led to charges of advocating genocide being laid against a Boucherville resident. André Audet, 62 years old, has been charged in connection with threats published online. His statements were directed at Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the Muslim community.
Encouraging violent actions
The charges stem from a brief investigation conducted by the RCMP Integrated National Security Enforcement Team (INSET) after receiving information about disturbing online posts. It is presumed that André Audet used a variety of pseudonyms on a number of social media networks. The investigators identified approximately one hundred hate posts, threats and/or posts inciting violence in the targeted accounts. For example, the accused called for the death of Justin Trudeau and encouraged the eradication of Muslims.
André Audet previously appeared in court in December 2019 in relation to the same investigation. A full analysis of the evidence led to new charges being laid. The accused will again appear at the Longueuil courthouse today.
- Advocating genocide
- Public incitement of hatred
- Willful promotion of hatred
- Intimidation of a justice system participant or a journalist
The RCMP takes seriously any threats that can affect one's sense of security. Violent statements will not be tolerated. The perpetrators may face criminal charges involving significant sentences. Such incidents must be reported if we are to combat this type of crime.
Do you have information on the illegal activities of individuals or groups of individuals? Contact the RCMP at 514-939-8300/1-800-771-5401 or your local police department.