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Canadian prosecutors approve polygamy charges

First Published      Last Updated Aug 14 2014 07:16 pm

Vancouver, British Columbia • British Columbia's Ministry of Justice says polygamy charges have once again been filed against two leaders of a polygamous fundamentalist Mormon community.

Winston Blackmore and James Oler each face charges of polygamy.

Similar charges against the men were quashed in 2009 in a dispute over the appointment of prosecutors.

Oler and two others face charges of removal of a child under 16 from Canada for sexual purposes.

The new charges come after an investigation by a special prosecutor starting in January 2012.

That investigation considered earlier investigations and charge assessments as well as investigations into members of the Fundamentalist Latter-Day Saints communities in Arizona, Texas and Utah.

The child-removal charges resulted from U.S. investigations.

The four are to appear in court Oct. 9.