Native leader cleared in second hate crimes trial
David Ahenakew, a Native leader from Saskatchewan, was found not guilty of wilfully promoting hatred against Jewish people in a sensational case that finally ended on Monday.

Ahenakew, a former chief of the Assembly of First Nations and former president of the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations Senate, made "revolting, disgusting and untrue" comments about Jewish people, Judge Wilfrid Tucker said. But the law wasn't violated, the judge ruled.

"Thank God it's over, and I mean that," Ahenakew told reporters, CBC News reported. "It's been awful."

Ahenakew was convicted after his first trial but an appeals court said he deserved another chance to prove his innocence due to mistakes made by the judge who handled the case.

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Judge finds Ahenakew not guilty in 2nd hate trial (CBC 2/23)
Ahenakew acquitted in hate case (The Toronto Star 2/24)
Ahenakew found not guilty (The Daily Globe and Mail 2/24)
Ahenakew not guilty of inciting hatred, says court (Canwest News Service 2/24)

Court of Appeal Decision:
Queen v. Ahenakew (January 14, 2008)

Queen's Bench Decision:
Ahenakew v. Queen (June 8, 2006)

Lower Court Decision:
The Queen v. Ahenakew (July 8, 2005)

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