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OPP investigate recordings about Ottawa police board chair

Ottawa police Chief Charles Bordeleau has asked the OPP to investigate the origin of unverified audio recordings about Coun. Eli El-Chantiry.

Coun. Eli El-Chantiry is not and hasn't ever been the subject of an Ottawa police investigation, chief says

Ottawa police Chief Charles Bordeleau said audio recordings circulating on social media are spreading 'false information' about the chair of the Ottawa Police Services Board. (CBC)

Ottawa police Chief Charles Bordeleau has asked the OPP to investigate the origin of unverified audio recordings that allege the chair of the Ottawa Police Services Board is involved in criminal activity.

Bordeleau addressed allegations and "conversations" on social media about West Carleton–March Coun. Eli El-Chantiry before Monday's meeting of the Ottawa Police Services Board.

"The Ottawa Police Service has not and is not conducting any investigation involving the Ottawa Police Services Board chair, Coun. Eli El-Chantiry," Bordeleau told reporters.

OPP investigating audio origins

The chief also briefly discussed the audio recordings, which surfaced online within the last week.

"The fact that this false information is being released and distributed has prompted me to launch a chief's complaint. That investigation will be focused directly on the origins of the recordings and the individuals involved."

Bordeleau said the investigation will determine whether there was misconduct by any Ottawa police members. He declined to comment on the possible identity of anyone heard in the recordings.

Someone who shared the audio on social media said one voice belongs to the president of the Ottawa Police Association, Matt Skof.

Skof denies he was in the recordings and said they are manipulative, unfair, and that he doesn't stand by any of the statements made in the recordings.

Accusations 'baseless,' El-Chantiry says

El-Chantiry briefly spoke to CBC News after the police services board meeting Monday.

"I agree with the chief's statement," he said.

In a written statement provided to CBC when the recordings first surfaced last week, El-Chantiry said he listened to a clip and the allegation.

"This is a baseless and slanderous accusation which has been incorrectly attributed to an individual [Skof] and made by an anonymous source," El-Chantiry said in the statement.

with files from CBC's Laurie Fagan

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