One of the internal affairs investigators who was part of the probe that led to reporter Patrick Lagacé being spied on by the Montreal police denies he knowingly filed false information to obtain a warrant in another case.
Det.-Sgt. Iad Hanna was in his second day of testimony before the Chamberland Commission on Friday when he was asked, by commission lawyer Charles Levasseur about the serious allegation made earlier in the week. Det-Lt. Normand Borduas, another Montreal police internal affairs investigator who worked with Hanna in the past, told the commission he used information from Hanna in order to obtain a warrant in a case – unrelated to the one where Lagacé was spied on – only to find out the information was false. Borduas said Hanna told him the information came from a “coded source,” a term used to describe informants who have been carefully vetted by the investigators they work with. Borduas said he learned, two years later, that the source of the information was not a coded source. The information was used to obtain a warrant in an investigation into whether Roger Larivière, a now-retired Montreal police officer, had leaked sensitive information to a reporter.