An application by Winnipeg Real estate broker David Douglas arguing the RCMP violated his charter rights will be back in court May 15.
A lawyer for Douglas, Ian Histed, appeared in Court of Queen’s Bench Thursday and, with agreement of the Crown, asked for a three-week delay because the case involves issues of attorney-client privilege.
Douglas is facing allegations of fraud before the Manitoba Securities Commission (MSC). He is also the subject of an ongoing investigation by the RCMP.
- Winnipeg real estate broker's licence suspended
In the court application under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, Douglas argues his rights were violated when police searched his house last month seizing files and computers. He said the warrants sought specific correspondence between him and his lawyers, which he says is protected by solicitor-client privilege.
In an affidavit, Douglas argued he cannot properly defend himself in the action by the securities commission because the police have many of his documents and digital files.
Douglas appeared yesterday before the securities commission, which has begun a public hearing to determine whether to cancel his registration as a broker under the Real Estate Brokers Act.
The matter has been pushed to May 28 to develop a plan for proceeding with the hearing.
Douglas’ real estate broker license has been suspended pending the outcome of the hearing.
Douglas’ mother, Geraldine Douglas, also appeared before the securities commission since she faces allegations of fraud as the authorized official for her involvement in companies her son operated, Homelife Village Realty and Abacus Mortgage Group.
Investigators from the MSC allege that when they requested documents from Geraldine Douglas related to the companies she failed to provide them.
None of the MSC allegations has been proven.
So far Douglas and his mother have not formally responded to the allegations.
Last October, CBC News reported more than 20 people were trying to recoup money totalling in the millions from Douglas and his companies.