THE BC Prosecution Service (BCPS) announced on Tuesday that Special Prosecutor Kris Pechet has approved charges against Pavla Janeckova of Kelowna of uttering threats to cause death or bodily harm to Premier Christy Clark and Speaker of the Legislative Assembly Steve Thomson.
The threats are alleged to have occurred on or about April 30 in Kelowna.
Pechet was appointed a Special Prosecutor on May 3 shortly after a Report to Crown Counsel (RCC) relating to these charges was received by
the BCPS. The Assistant Deputy Attorney General Peter Juk appointed Pechet under s. 7 of the Crown Counsel Act because he considered it in the public interest to do so.
The appointment of a Special Prosecutor is intended to avoid any potential for real or perceived improper influence in the administration of justice in light of the nature of the allegations and the identity of the subjects of the threats.
Pechet is a senior New Westminster lawyer in private practice. He was given a mandate to provide legal advice to the RCMP investigators as may be necessary, conduct any related charge assessment and assume conduct of the prosecution if charges were approved. Announcement of his appointment was initially postponed pending completion of the investigation and charge assessment.