Privately laid charges against former federal cabinet minister Julian Fantino from an alleged assault, have been dropped.
John McInnes, the Crown Attorney, told the court inconsistencies in the accuser’s testimony and lack of witnesses, lowered the possibility of a conviction.
The alleged incident is said to have taken place some 42 years ago while he was a police officer.
Fantino did not make an appearance at the Wednesday hearing.
Fantino’s lawyer, Mark Sandler, who said his client would vigorously defend the charges, called the accusations false and said it was no coincidence the allegations were brought forward just before the Oct. 19 federal election.
John Bonnici pressed charges against Fantino dating back to 1973, when the one time Conservative Veterans Affairs Minister was a police officer in Toronto.
Bonnici alleged he was arrested in a raid overseen by Fantino and was roughed up by officers.
The charges against Fantino were approved by a justice of the peace in July after a closed hearing.