Saskatchewan man accused of threatening PM pleads not guilty


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Saskatchewan man accused of threatening PM pleads not guilty
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April 24, 2019
April 24, 2019 10:21 PM EDT
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau pauses after delivering an official apology to Inuit for the federal government's management of tuberculosis in the Arctic from the 1940s to the 1960s during an event in Iqaluit, Nunavut on Friday, March 8, 2019.Sean Kilpatrick / THE CANADIAN PRESS
NIPAWIN, Sask. — A Nipawin, Sask., man accused of threatening Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has pleaded not guilty.
David Petersen, who is 52, was originally expected to plead guilty Wednesday to a charge of uttering threats in Nipawin provincial court.
But he told Judge Inez Cardinal he doesn’t believe he’s guilty.
RCMP have said Petersen was charged after someone threatened to shoot Trudeau and blow up the Parliament buildings during a call to an employee at a federal government agency on Feb. 12.
Prosecutor Tyla Olenchuk says the Crown has three witnesses for the trial, including a Mountie and a government agency worker who is to appear via video from Winnipeg.
Petersen’s trial is set for Sept. 4 in Nipawin.