Montreal

Guy Lafleur civil suit to hear final arguments Wednesday

Final arguments will take place Wednesday in a case that has the former Montreal Canadiens star suing the Crown and Montreal police for $2.16 million over what he deems an unjustified and exaggerated arrest.

Former Montreal Canadiens star sues Crown and Montreal police for more than $2M

Montreal Canadiens hockey legend Guy Lafleur told his civil trial he lost advertising and endorsement contracts following his 2008 arrest. THE CANADIAN PRESS (/Ryan Remiorz/The Canadian Press)

Lawyers have finished presenting evidence at the civil trial of retired hockey great Guy Lafleur.

Final arguments will take place Wednesday in a case that has the former Montreal Canadiens star suing the Crown and Montreal police for $2.16 million over what he deems an unjustified and exaggerated arrest.

Lafleur was arrested in 2008 and found guilty in 2009 of giving contradictory testimony at his son's bail hearing on sex charges.

The conviction was overturned on appeal in 2010.

Lafleur claims his reputation was tarnished by a heavily reported arrest warrant issued by authorities and that he suffered financial losses as a result.

The police and Crown maintain they were justified in proceeding with the warrant given the seriousness of the rare offence.

Quebec Superior Court Justice André Wery is hearing the case, which is into its third week.

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