Communiqué de presse

SIU Lays Charges Against Ottawa Police Service Officer

Numéro du dossier: 18-OCI-145

Mississauga, ON (8 août 2019) ---
The Interim Director of the Special Investigations Unit (SIU), Joseph Martino, has reasonable grounds to believe that an Ottawa Police Service (OPS) officer committed criminal offences in relation to the arrest of a man in May of 2018. Interim Director Martino has caused charges to be laid against the officer.  

The SIU investigation found that on May 9, 2018, the officer was working uniform patrol in the Byward Market area of Ottawa. At approximately 2 a.m., the officer became involved in an interaction with a 24-year-old man. The man was arrested and transported to hospital where he was diagnosed with a serious injury.

As a result of the SIU investigation, 33-year-old Constable Liban Farah is facing the following charges under the Criminal Code
  • One count of assault, contrary to s. 266; and
  • One count of obstruction of justice, contrary to s. 139(2). 

The officer is required to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice at 161 Elgin Street in Ottawa on September 3, 2019. 

The matter is now properly before the courts. In consideration of the fair trial interests of the accused, the SIU will make no further comment pertaining to this investigation.  

L’UES est un organisme indépendant qui enquête sur des rapports d’incidents impliquant des policiers et qui ont causé la mort ou une blessure grave, ou qui comportent des allégations d’agression sexuelle. En vertu de la Loi sur les services policiers, le directeur de l’UES est tenu :

  • de déterminer si un policier a commis un acte criminel lié à l’incident faisant l’objet de l’enquête;
  • compte tenu des éléments de preuve, de déposer une accusation au criminel contre le policier, le cas échéant, ou de fermer le dossier sans déposer un chef d’accusation;
  • de faire rapport des résultats de toute enquête au procureur général.

Read this news release in English.

Monica Hudon, monica.hudon@ontario.ca
SIU Communications/Service des communications, UES
Telephone/No de téléphone: 416-622-2342 or/ou 1-800-787-8529 extension 2342