Interim Montreal Mayor Michael Applebaum steps down a day after being arrested on corruption and conspiracy charges. Announcing the decision in a brief press conference on Tuesday, Applebaum denied all allegations lay against him and declared that he wishes to protect his family from evil propagandas.
“I have a profound conviction that I have always worked in the best interest of Montrealers. I will do everything I can to prove the accusations against me are unfounded… I cannot comment on the different accusations and the different rumors, but I have every intention of continuing to fight. I want to be clear that I have never taken a penny from anybody. “I understand (Montrealers’) frustration and their cynicism with the political climate of the last few years. I swore that I would erase the stains from the reputation of our city, that I would do everything to protect it, and in the last few months, I have accomplished a lot to put Montreal back on the right track,” he said.
Applebaum believes stepping down as the interim mayor was a rational decision which would also facilitate investigators to generously look for evidence and facts. Applebaum faces 14 charges, including fraud, conspiracy, breach of trust, and corruption in municipal affairs. He spent 10 hours at the provincial police headquarters on Monday. “There are legal questions to settle. Mr. Applebaum, as a result of what happened yesterday, is consulting a lawyer. And the lawyer wants to ensure that the statement respects all the conditions that must be taken into account,” said Laurent Blanchard, the city’s executive committee chairman.
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