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Kamloops RCMP investigating prison interview leaked online

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Police in Kamloops are investigating after an interview with a gang informant was leaked online.

The video includes alleged details of the inner workings of the local illicit drug and firearms trade while the informant was detained at Kamloops Regional Correctional Centre.

iNFOnews.ca isn't linking to the interview and is not disclosing the allegations as they can't be substantiated.

"Regarding the links, we are aware of them and there is an active investigation looking at everything from the how to why, and most importantly, who made the content available online. I can’t go into the specifics regarding that investigation as it is active," Kamloops RCMP spokesperson Cpl. Crystal Evelyn said in an emailed statement today, July 10.

The video shows Michael Bonnell speaking with two men believed to be Kamloops RCMP officers. It's not clear when the interview took place, but videos have been online since April.

Bonnell, born in 1987, was expected to answer for assault charges last month in Kamloops Provincial Court, but the hearing was derailed after the interview put his life in danger, according to a Castanet report.

"We are aware of concerns raised during a public court proceeding and therefore can confirm that an investigation is occurring. That investigation is ongoing and we will not be providing details regarding the complaint received by police," Cpl. Evelyn told iNFOnews.ca. "We are and continue to work with the victim."

Bonnell isn't currently in custody and lawyers will fix another date for his hearing later this month, according to court records.

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