A special prosecutor has been appointed in relation to alleged threats uttered at Nanaimo city hall that led to the arrest of the city’s chief administrative officer.
Tracy Samra was arrested for allegedly uttering threats to elected Nanaimo officials, including Mayor Bill McKay, last week.
Samra was later released on a promise to appear.
The B.C. Prosecution Service (BCPS) says Michael Klein was appointed Friday by Assistant Deputy Attorney General Peter Juk as a special prosecutor shortly after Samra’s arrest.
Klein, a Vancouver lawyer, will provide legal advice to RCMP investigators, conduct related charge assessment and “assume conduct of the prosecution if charges are approved.”
Neith Klein or the BCPS are commenting on the matter since it remains under investigation.
Samra’s lawyer, Robert Mulligan, said Tuesday he is “satisfied that there is a professional police investigation being conducted”.
Mulligan said he has been updated in the context of what was happening at City Hall before the alleged threats.
The Sechelt First Nation announced Samra has been hired as their new chief administrative officer last week, but the city of Nanaimo has not been notified.