Qikiqtaaluk Corporation president's hearing on assault charges adjourned

Harry Flaherty was expected to appear in the Nunavut Court of Justice on Thursday morning to enter a plea on an assault charge, but the matter was adjourned.

Harry Flaherty is alleged to have assaulted someone on July 8 in Iqaluit

Harry Flaherty was expected to appear in the Nunavut Court of Justice on Thursday morning, but the matter was adjourned.

The Qikiqtaaluk Corporation's president was expected to appear in the Nunavut Court of Justice on Thursday morning to enter a plea on an assault charge, but the matter was adjourned.

Harry Flaherty is alleged to have assaulted someone on July 8 in Iqaluit.

The Crown has chosen to proceed summarily, the less serious offence. If found guilty, the maximum penalty for summary convictions is a $5,000 fine, six months in prison, or both.

The defence said in court Thursday morning that lawyers were still in negotiations and not yet ready to bring the matter before the court, but the Crown disagreed.

This is the fourth time the matter has been adjourned, according to the presiding Justice of the Peace Joseph Murdoch-Flowers.

A plea is expected on Oct. 25.

Flaherty has been the corporation's president since 2009. Qikiqtaaluk Corporation is the business development branch of the Qikiqtani Inuit Association, which is a non-profit that promotes the rights of 14,000 Inuit in the Qikiqtani region.

In January, Flaherty won a lifetime achievement award from the Canadian Council for Aboriginal business.