Lethbridge, Alberta – On Thursday, May 11, 2017 the RCMP’s “K” Division Integrated National Security Enforcement Team (K-INSET) in Calgary received information pertaining to threats against the Canadian government, including Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s wife, Sophie Grégoire Trudeau, which had been posted via social media.
K-INSET investigators were able to identify the social media account from which the threatening messages originated. Additional investigation enabled police to identify an address in Lethbridge and the individual account holder, who was taken into custody without incident on Friday, May 12, 2017.
Lisa Seymour-Peters, 49, of Lethbridge, Alberta was charged with one count of uttering threats contrary to section 264.1 of the Criminal Code and released from custody with conditions not to contact or be found within 100 meters of Sophie Grégoire Trudeau or her immediate family and not to attend any political party, gathering, or function. Ms. Seymour-Peters is scheduled to appear in Provincial Court in Lethbridge on Thursday, June 8, 2017, at 8:30 a.m.
K-INSET worked collaboratively during the course of this investigation with members from the Lethbridge Police Service and Alberta Law Enforcement Response Teams (ALERT).
Using social media as a means by which to make threats against an individual or a group of people is not to be taken lightly and may result in criminal charges if a police investigation obtains evidence to support the laying of such charges.
Calgary RCMP INSET
Lethbridge Police Service