CFNIS charges retired general with Obstruction of Justice Charge
Above image of retired General Johnathan Vance courtesy of CpI Rachael Allen, Visual Communications Support, Canadian Armed Forces.
An Obstruction of Justice Charge was Laid Against retired General Jonathan Vance on July 15th, 2021, by the Canadian Forces National Investigation Service (CFNIS).
Specifically, as stated in a press release, Vance was charged with One (1) count of Obstruct Justice, contrary to Section 139 of the Criminal Code.
On February 4th, 2021, the CFNIS took over the investigation into the allegations of misconduct. While this investigation was underway, that’s when the obstruction of justice was to have alleged to have occurred.
Civilian Justice System
The CFNIS decided to pursue the applicable criminal charge in the civilian justice system.
This decision was made after bearing in mind the details of the case and in the interest of justice in compliance with the limitations of the Military Justice System (the limitations identified in the findings contained in the Third Independent Review Authority report).
No Additional Details
At this time, no additional details are being released as this matter is now proceeding through the civilian justice system.
In all cases, the subject of charges is presumed innocent until proven guilty.
About the Canadian Forces National Investigation Service
The CFNIS is a specialized unit established within the Canadian Forces Military Police Group (CFMP Gp), according to a press release.
“Its primary mandate is to investigate serious and sensitive matters in relation to Department of National Defence (DND) property, DND employees and CAF personnel serving in Canada and around the world,” the release informed.
The CFMP Gp and the CFNIS conduct police investigations independently, without interference, and in accordance with the highest professional standards.
The Canadian Forces National Investigation Service investigates and lays charges when appropriate based on factual evidence regardless of rank or professional status of those involved.
The press release noted that all Canadian Armed Forces members, whether they are part of Reserve Force or Regular Force, are expected to always serve/ behave in a respectful and professional manner.