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Crown prosecutors (names redacted), defence counsel (names redacted), the accused (name redacted) and a judge (name redacted) held a trial in Quebec (time and place redacted) that wouldn't exist, had the defendant not appealed.
The case was conducted covertly with the approval of the Crown prosecutors involved, the presiding judge and defence counsel.
Where and when the trial took place, along with the names of the defendant and the presiding judge, have been deliberately excluded from the public record.
No witnesses were called to the stand: they were interviewed outside the courtroom, and a transcript of their testimony was presented in court.
The case had no case number and was never filed in the province's judicial archives. On paper, it never happened.
The trial only came to light because the defendant chose to appeal the verdict, flagging the case to Quebec's Court of Appeal, which in turn rendered its decision public.