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Jonathan Vance, the former chief of defense staff, is facing criminal charges.

Jonathan Vance, the former chief of defense staff, has been charged with one count of obstruction of justice.

The Department of National Defence announced Thursday that the retired general was charged on July 15 with one count of obstruction of justice, contrary to section 139 of the Criminal Code of Canada.

According to the statement, the CFNIS assumed investigative responsibility for allegations of misconduct on Feb. 4, and the alleged obstruction of justice occurred during the course of this investigation.

Former Chief of Defence Staff Jonathan Vance during a December 2019 meeting with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
Former Chief of Defence Staff Jonathan Vance during a December 2019 meeting with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

Unless and until Mr. Vance is proven guilty, he is presumed innocent.

The Department of Defense announced Thursday that the CFNIS has chosen to pursue the relevant criminal charge through the civilian justice system. The department stated that no additional information can be released at this time while the matter is being processed through that system.

The Canadian military police consider the CFNIS to be a specialized unit. Its mandate is to conduct serious and sensitive investigations into matters involving DND property, employees, and Canadian Armed Forces personnel serving in Canada and abroad.

The Canadian Armed Forces have been rocked by sexual misconduct allegations this year, including investigations into Mr. Vance and Admiral Art McDonald, who initially replaced the former defence chief. Vice-Admiral Haydn Edmundson, the chief of military personnel, is also being investigated by military police on sexual misconduct allegations.

Additionally, two parliamentary committees have been established to investigate allegations of sexual misconduct in the military.

The federal government has appointed Louise Arbour to lead an independent review of the military's response to sexual assault, harassment, and other misconduct. The appointment comes following months of criticism of the military's culture and response to such incidents.

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