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Protest calls for changes to court system after acquittal

Case tossed over trial delays.

Nicole Nayel, mother of murdered 28-year-old Fouad Nayel, holds a sign as part of a protest outside the Elgin Street courthouse on Thursday.

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Nicole Nayel, mother of murdered 28-year-old Fouad Nayel, holds a sign as part of a protest outside the Elgin Street courthouse on Thursday.

After seeing the man accused of killing his son acquitted because of delays in court proceedings, Amine Nayel is pledging to make noise until the system changes.

Nayel and more than dozen supporters were at the Ottawa courthouse Thursday protesting after his son’s accused killer was set free earlier this week.

Nayel’s son, Fouad, was killed in 2012 and 33-year-old Adam Picard was charged with first-degree murder. The trial was set to begin this week, but after the defence raised the issue of the length the case had taken to get to trial, the judge threw out the charges, citing a breach of Picard’s rights.

Nayel said it’s an outrage, but not one they intend to ignore.

“My son’s murder will not go in vain and it’s not only us. It’s everybody in this country that is awaiting closure in their case,” he said.

The ruling stemmed from a new decision of the Supreme Court that set new time lines for when major trials should be completed.

Nayel said he believes the system is completely ignoring the victim.

“They don’t care about the victim we have no rights,” he said. “We as the victims were treated like a piece of garbage.”

Nayel makes clear the Crown prosecutors dealt with his case fairly, but blames a system that would allow the accused killer to walk free over a technicality.

Nayel said this is the first of many protests. He said they can’t allow this decision to stand not just for their family, but for all the other victims who are awaiting trials.

“This is a start. We need a better support group and we are going to get it, because everyone could be affected by this,” he said.  “Our objective is to get this precedent reversed, not only for us but for the next guy.”