18 Jun 2013

Canadian mayor on corruption charges

10:16 am on 18 June 2013

Montreal Mayor Michael Applebaum has been arrested and charged by anti-corruption police in Quebec, Canada.

He was arrested early on Monday at his home and faces 14 charges.

In February, anti-corruption police raided city hall and the offices of a borough that Mr Applebaum represented from 2006-11.

Officials said the charges are related to real estate projects in Montreal.

Mr Applebaum began his term as interim mayor in November, vowing to fight corruption. Previous mayor Gerald Tremblay resigned amid accusations relating to illegal donations.

Two officials with ties to Mr Applebaum's former borough, Cote-des-Neiges-Notre-Dame-de-Grace, were also arrested by anti-corruption police on Monday.