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RCMP won't pay for Kamloops officers' lawyers

The trial of three Kamloops mounties has hit another snag.

The three officers, along with a civilian jail guard, are accused of using surveillance cameras to watch two female prisoners have sex while in a holding cell.

The officers are facing breach of trust charges.

A two week preliminary hearing had been scheduled for September, but at a hearing this week, court was told the RCMP has decided against paying the officers legal fees.

The cell at the Kamloops jail where the Aug. 18 incident occurred. (CBC)
As a result, their three lawyers have quit and the case has been adjourned.

The preliminary hearing will have to be rescheduled, further delaying a case that has already dragged on for almost two years.

Tom Stamatakis is the president of the Canadian Police Association, and spoke with Daybreak host, Chris Walker.

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