Williams Lake city councillor Surinderpal Rathor.

Williams Lake city councillor Surinderpal Rathor.

Case against councillor moves forward

The arraignment hearing for a Williams Lake city councillor charged with obstruction of justice has been adjourned until Oct. 23.

  • Oct. 3, 2013 12:00 p.m.

The arraignment hearing for a Williams Lake city councillor charged with obstruction of justice has been adjourned until Oct. 23.

Appearing for Surinderpal Rathor, Vancouver-based lawyer Jeff Campbell asked the Justice of the Peace in Williams Lake Wednesday for an extra two weeks.

In a phone conversation with Gary Lilienweiss, acting as agent on behalf of Crown Counsel Patricia Schmidt who will be handling the case, both parties agreed they would be ready for an arraignment hearing by Oct. 23.

Last month an RCMP press release stated the charge stems from an investigation where on Dec. 24, 2012, Rathor assisted police as a translator for a criminal code case.

“Rathor allegedly interfered with the investigation beyond his role as a translator,” said north district media relations officer Lesley Smith.

The Justice of the Peace said the charge is indictable and directed the court clerk to set the matter for Jan. 8.