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B.C. Appeal Court overturns acquittal in child removal case against convicted polygamist

Monday, August 27, 2018 @ 12:24 PM | By Ian Burns

The British Columbia Court of Appeal has overturned the acquittal of a convicted polygamist on charges of removing a child from Canada, saying the trial judge erred in his conclusions that the actus reus of the offence could only be made if the respondent was in Canada during the commission of the offence.

The offence in question occurred in 2004, when James Oler was the bishop of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (FLDS) in Bountiful, B.C. Warren Jeffs is the so-called “prophet”...