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Former chief of defence staff Gen. Jonathan Vance has been charged with one count of obstruction of justice under the Criminal Code, allegedly for attempting to persuade a woman to make false statements about their past relationship. The Canadian Armed Forces and the Department of National Defence issued a statement announcing the charge had been laid against Vance on July 15. The military said that after the charge was laid by the Canadian Forces National Investigation Service (CFNIS) that: “considering the specifics of the case and in the interest of justice… the CFNIS decided to pursue the relevant criminal charge in the civilian justice system.” Specifically, Vance has been charged with one count of “Obstruct Justice, contrary to Section 139 of the Criminal Code.” Military police launched an investigation into Vance on Feb. 4, over allegations of misconduct, following his retirement. It was in the course of this investigation that the military said the obstruction is alleged to have occurred. The CFNIS is the specialized unit within the military police system that focuses on “serious and sensitive matters.”

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