Three South Asians among 19 more charged in 2011 Stanley Cup Riot

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CHARGES have been approved and sworn against an additional 19 accused persons – 17 adults and two young persons – in connection with the Stanley Cup Riot of June 15, 2011, according to the Criminal Justice Branch of the Ministry of Justice.
 
The adults include three South Asians:
 
* Rushal Chawla, who is charged with taking part in a riot, aggravated assault, and assault with weapon.
 
* Bikramjeet Singh, who is charged with taking part in a riot, break and enter, and commit an indictable offence.
 
* Japneet Singh Joha, who is charged with taking part in a riot, break and enter, and commit an indictable offence.
The Integrated Riot Investigation Team submitted investigative reports relating to a total of 352 individuals to the branch for charge assessment, beginning with a report on a group of 60 suspects that was received on October 31, 2011. The most recent group of files, relating to a total of 10 suspects, was received by the branch on July 19.
The prosecution service has now approved charges against a total of 277 individuals. There are 61 suspects against whom the branch concluded that no charges would be approved. The  charge assessment process is continuing in relation to the remaining suspects.
 
To date, 141 accused have been sentenced for riot-related charges. A total of 202 of those charged have entered guilty pleas. In the only trial which has been completed up to this time, the accused was found guilty. There are seven trials involving 11 accused currently scheduled on riot-related charges.
 
The prosecution of these cases is being handled by members of the Criminal Justice Branch Riot Prosecution Team, which was established shortly after the riot occurred in order to provide an effective and coordinated approach to the processing of riot-related cases.