Canadian air cadet leader charged with rape

Image copyright AFP Image caption Abdul Basir during his court appearance in Quebec The Royal Canadian Air Cadet affiliate who led a camp where a 15-year-old girl was allegedly sexually assaulted has been charged….

Canadian air cadet leader charged with rape

Image copyright AFP Image caption Abdul Basir during his court appearance in Quebec

The Royal Canadian Air Cadet affiliate who led a camp where a 15-year-old girl was allegedly sexually assaulted has been charged.

Abdul Basir, who was leader of the camp in Lac Saint-Louis, Quebec, has been charged with sexual assault, assault with a weapon and sexual assault causing bodily harm.

He has been suspended, Quebec police say.

The incident happened on 1 August and an investigation continues.

‘Man of good character’

The air cadet camp is a professional training course for teenagers, organised by a consortium of dozens of volunteer air cadets from across the country.

Both students and staff are required to undergo background checks and be vetted to ensure they have nothing to fear from the camp if they attend.

Quebec police said Basir, 33, was arrested on Monday.

One of the other cadets who was at the camp at the time of the alleged assault was charged, police said, but would not say whether it was the same person.

Basir, a former member of the military, was president of the Canadian Air Cadet Federation.

Barrister Frederick Vernier said he represented a man of “good character”.

It has been reported that the girl’s mother said her daughter was raped on the last day of the camp, and an assault with a rock thrown at her head.

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