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Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois appears before Supreme Court

Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois appeared today before the Supreme Court of Canada today over a contempt-of-court case dating back to the 2012 Quebec student protests.

Former Quebec student leader could be retried for contempt of court for comments during spring 2012

The former student leader is back in court over comments he made during an interview with Radio-Canada in May 2012. (Canadian Press)

Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois, one of the most prominent figures in the Quebec student protests in the spring of 2012, appeared today before the Supreme Court of Canada today over a contempt-of-court case.

In October 2015, Canada's top court granted the leave to appeal sought by Jean-François Morasse, the Laval University student who claims Nadeau-Dubois incited students to break a court-ordered injunction by inviting them to strike and disrupt classes.

The court case dates back to the student protests of 2012, when a Quebec government proposal to hike student fees by $1,625 annually sparked months of civil unrest in the province.

"It's been more than four years since the student movement ended," Nadeau-Dubois said.

"I've moved onto others things in my life and this is like the last thing to end for me to really turn the page."

Morasse obtained an injunction to be allowed to attend his classes at Laval University during the height of tensions on university and college campuses on May 2, 2012.

Nadeau-Dubois says he has moved on with his life. (Canadian Press)

Later that same month, on May 13, Nadeau-Dubois, the spokesman for hardline student organization CLASSE, told Radio-Canada it was "legitimate" for students to picket classrooms and to block access to students who wanted to attend class.

"I believe it's legitimate for students to take the necessary means to respect the democratic choice that was made to go on strike," Nadeau-Dubois said in the interview.

Morasse contended that Nadeau-Dubois's public comments contravened the injunction and constituted contempt of court.

Nadeau-Dubois was found guilty in November 2012 and was sentenced to 120 hours of community service. In his ruling, Justice Jacques Denis wrote in his ruling that Nadeau-Dubois had advocated anarchy.

However, in January 2015, Quebec's Court of Appeal overturned that ruling. Three justices ruled in favour of Nadeau-Dubois, and he was acquitted. 

With files from la Presse Canadienne

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