The Senegalese Embassy in Ottawa contradicts the decision of the Régie du logement du Québec against one of its diplomats arrested and allegedly beaten by the provincial police.
The Embassy released a statement on Twitter Friday, questioning the media on the basis of court documents ordering Niang Oumou Kalsoum Sall to pay a former owner more than $45,000 for damage to a furnished house she occupied from November 1, 2018 to October 31, 2020.
Kalsoum Sall, a first counselor at the Embassy of the Republic of Senegal in Ottawa, was detained and allegedly beaten by police on August 2 in Gatineau, Quebec, across the river from Ottawa.
Gatineau police say they were called to the residence to assist a bailiff who was trying to seize property in connection with the court judgment against her.
Police said they arrested a woman with diplomatic status after allegedly punching a police officer in the face, adding that she was tackled to the ground after allegedly biting another officer.
The Régie du logement du Québec ruled that Kalsoum Sall caused flooding that caused structural damage and that his use of the property forced its owner, Michel Lemay, to replace most of his furniture.
The embassy, however, says the “false and shocking” information reported so far is based solely on the owner’s version of events and is intended to “dilute the seriousness” of the alleged police brutality.
The Embassy’s account alleges that she and her family suffered from damp and heating system problems in the property from the outset and claims that the allegations in court documents do not hold water.