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Lawyer for Toronto van attack accused seeks publication ban on his statement to police

The lawyer for a man accused of killing 10 people by driving a van down a busy Toronto sidewalk has asked a judge to prevent the publication of his client's statement to police.

Justice Anne Molloy describes the request as asking to hold a secret trial

Alek Minassian is accused of killing 10 people and injuring 16 others. (LinkedIn)

The lawyer for a man accused of killing 10 people by driving a van down a busy Toronto sidewalk has asked a judge to prevent the publication of his client's statement to police.

Boris Bytensky argued to have Alek Minassian's statement placed under a publication ban until the man's trial is complete, even if it comes up during the proceedings.

Minassian faces 10 counts of first-degree murder and 16 counts of attempted murder. He is set to stand trial before a judge alone next year.

Several media outlets, including CBC, are arguing against Bytensky's request for the ban.

Bytensky has argued that publishing the details would taint potential witnesses at trial, a position supported by the Crown.  

But a lawyer for the media outlets says there is no evidence to support that argument and cites the open-courts principle in arguing against the ban.

Molloy has reserved her decision until Aug. 16.
 

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