Canadian prosecutors approve polygamy charges

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Posted: Aug 13, 2014 9:47 PM

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — Polygamy charges have once again been filed against two leaders of a polygamous fundamentalist Mormon community, British Columbia's Ministry of Justice said.

Winston Blackmore and James Oler each face charges of polygamy. Similar charges against the men were quashed in 2009 in a dispute over the appointment of prosecutors.

Oler and two others face charges of removal of a child under 16 from Canada for sexual purposes.

The new charges come after an investigation by a special prosecutor starting in January 2012.

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That investigation considered earlier investigations and charge assessments as well as investigations into members of the Fundamentalist Latter Day Saints communities in Arizona, Texas and Utah.

The child-removal charges resulted from U.S. investigations.

The four will appear in court Oct. 9.