An important criminal trial begins on Monday, February 4th, 2019 at the Ottawa Courthouse. These much anticipated proceedings will rekindle emotions and discussions about very difficult topics and issues for all stakeholders in this process which is seen to conclude in early May.
Over two years ago, on Sunday morning, July 24th, 2016, Hintonburg lost one of its residents, Abdirahman Abdi. His death occurred during an encounter with the Ottawa Police Service adjacent to Somerset Square.
Ontario’s Special Investigations Unit’s subsequent lengthy review of the events resulted in charges being laid on March 6th, 2017, against Constable Daniel Montsion for manslaughter, aggravated assault, and assault with a weapon in relation to the death of Mr. Abdi.
Mr. Abdi’s family, Hintonburgers, citizens of Ottawa and the nation at large were horrified and traumatized by the events that unfolded that morning. The HCA stands with the Justice for Abdirahman Coalition in supporting and showing solidarity with the Abdi family as they navigate the what are sure to be difficult and traumatic court proceedings.
We encourage folks to attend a candle-lit vigil and community gathering remembering the life and death of Mr. Abdi on Friday, February 1st, 2019 with folks gathering at 6:45 in Somerset Square, 2 Spadina Avenue. The details are available here.
Folks may wish to follow the trial either in person or by following the proceedings in the press and on-line. The Justice for Abdirahman Coalition will be posting updates on their website which can be found here.
The HCA is looking forward to a transparent, respectful and clear outcome that brings the tragic event of Mr. Abdi’s death to a conclusion that is seen as just, clear and a step forward in preventing any such future occurrences.