Man nabbed for threatning Notley, Trudeau


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May 20, 2012
Alberta RCMP have charged a man with uttering threats on Twitter against Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Premier Rachel Notley.

Orion Rutley was arrested Jan. 19 and charged with two counts of uttering threats, RCMP said in a news release Friday.

His Twitter account has been suspended, but it's not yet known exactly what he is accused of posting.

Rutley was released on his own recognizance on several conditions, including that he have no contact with Trudeau or Notley.

He is also prohibited from using social media and possessing weapons. He is scheduled to appear in provincial court in Leduc on Feb. 8.

RCMP said their investigation continues.

Court records show that Rutley has a conviction for careless use or storage of a firearm and unauthorized possession of a firearm.

In that case, he was given a six-month conditional sentence, one year of probation and a 10-year firearm prohibition.

A spokesperson said the premier does not comment on security issues or on matters that are before the courts.

Jason Kenney, leader of the United Conservative Party, took to Twitter to condemn the threats against both Notley and Trudeau.