Judge rules against dropping perjury charges for Mountie in Dziekanski case

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VANCOUVER - A judge has ruled against tossing charges of perjury for a Mountie accused of lying about what happened when a Polish immigrant was stunned by a Taser and died at Vancouver's airport.

Const. Gerry Rundel is one of four officers who confronted Robert Dziekanski in 2007 and was later called to testify about the high-profile incident at a public inquiry.

The Crown later brought cases against the officers alleging they colluded to lie to investigators and perjured themselves at the Braidwood inquiry.

Rundel's lawyer had made an application to end the trial and throw out the charge, arguing the prosecutors had no evidence that supported a conviction.

But Judge Miriam Gropper said on each of six particular issues raises by the Crown she has found some evidence that a reasonable jury could find Rundel guilty.

A different judge also previously dismissed the same motion made by Const. Kwesi Millington's lawyer to end his trial and another Mountie in the group was acquitted of the same charge last year.

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