'There's a number of loose ends.'

Elder's sex trial stalled as defence awaits transcripts


The case of a Sanikiluaq elder facing sexual interference charges remains in limbo because taped interviews haven't been transcribed or translated into English.

Jobie Crow, 70, was arrested in April, 2008 and faces 11 counts of sexual interference, 11 counts of violating a court order and one count of overcoming resistance to the commission of an offence.

The allegations date from between 1973 and 2007. A court order prohibits the publication of any information that could identify the complainants.

Crow's lawyer, Chris Debicki, told court Jan. 6 a series of taped interviews with complainants, done with RCMP and local translators in Sanikiluaq need to be translated before Crow's case can be resolved.

There's a gap between information documents and the facts of the case, Debicki said.

"There's a number of loose ends we need to tie together," Debicki said in an interview later.

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One of those loose ends is exactly how much of the "hours and hours" of taped interviews have been translated and transcribed. Debicki later learned Maliiganik Tukisiniakvik legal aid clinic does possess written summaries of some interviews, and some have been translated into English.

But Debicki said the Crown and police still need to make some of the tapes available to the defence.

John Solski, the deputy director of Nunavut's crown office, said he didn't have many details of the file but said he was aware that Crow's defence was seeking some disclosure of evidence.

Solski said he's willing to meet with Debicki to try to sort out the matter.

"If we can resolve a matter short of trial we'll do that because it's better for everyone involved," he said.

Crow's next court appearance is set for Feb. 3.

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