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Edmonton Police now investigating bribery allegations in Edmonton - Ellerslie Progressive Conservative nomination race

Edmonton Police have determined that an NDP request for an investigation into bribery allegations during a Progressive Conservative nomination contest warrants at least looking into.

NDP MLA Brian Mason wrote a letter to police Chief Rod Knecht on March 19 asking for an investigation into bribery allegations that surfaced following the PC’s nomination contest in Edmonton – Ellerslie.

Those allegations including sworn statements charging former MLA Naresh Bhardwaj had attempted to influence the race by having his challenger’s supporters withdraw their support.

Bhardwaj was cleared by the PC party, who brought in their own investigator to look into the issue, but withdrew from the general election.

He also launched a defamation lawsuit against one of his accusers.

Mason argued the party should not be investigating itself and asked Knecht to consider launching an investigation.

When Mason first submitted his request police said they would review it before considering an investigation, but confirmed Wednesday they now have an officer looking into it.

“We were reviewing to determine if an investigation was happening and an investigation is ongoing now,” said police spokesperson Anna Batchelor

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