Charges Laid in Baffin Correction Center Riot

Iqaluit, Nunavut – The RCMP’s Iqaluit Detachment General Investigation Section has completed the investigation into the riot at the Baffin Correction Center on June 20, 2018. The investigation identified eleven individuals that were primarily involved with inciting and participating in the destruction of property at the facilities’ Charlie Unit and RCMP were mobilized to contain the situation.

The following inmates have been charged with taking part in a riot, contrary to Section 65(1) of the Criminal Code and Mischief to property exceeding $5,000 dollars contrary to Section 430(3) of the Criminal Code:

  • Aaron AKULUKJUK (35);
  • Gary ARNAQUQ (36);
  • Suati ATSIAQ (25);
  • Archie ISHULUTAK (32);
  • Jobie KADLOO (28);
  • Adam KIGIUNA (27):
  • Tim LUCASSIE (30);
  • Spencer NAKOOLAK (25);
  • Edmund PAMEOLIK (30);
  • Kootoo PAPATSIE (23);
  • and Marvin TUNNILLIE (21).

In addition, the following Criminal Code charges have been laid in combination against various inmates listed above in relation to their actions during the five and one half hour riot situation:

Seven charged:

– Take part in a riot while wearing a mask, contrary to Section 65(2) of the Criminal Code; and

– Intent to commit an indictable offence, wear a mask, contrary to Section 351(2) of the Criminal Code.
Six charged:

– Assault with weapons, Peace Officers engaged in their duties, contrary to Section 270.01(1)(a) of the Criminal Code.
Four charged:

– Utter a threat to cause death to staff, contrary to Section 264.1(1)(a) of the Criminal Code.

Three charged:

– Assault with weapons against a Peace Officer engaged in their duties, contrary to Section 270,01(1)(a) of the Criminal Code; and

– Obstruction of a Peace Officer engaged in their duties, contrary to Section 129(a) of the Criminal Code.
Three charged:

– Utter a threat to damage real property of the Baffin Correctional Center, contrary to Section 264.1(1)(b) of the Criminal Code.

Eight of the eleven inmates are being processed today in the Province of Ontario to initiate court proceedings in the Nunavut Court of Justice in Iqaluit. Warrants of Arrest will be issued for the remaining three as their sentences had expired at the time of this brief.

The eleven charged today are scheduled to appear in the Nunavut Court of Justice on August 14, 2018.

Nunavut RCMP



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