Re. "Sex charge is stayed against Vagramov" (The Tri-City News, Nov. 14).
The presumption of innocence is the legal principle that one is considered innocent until proven guilty. The prosecution must prove that the accused is guilty beyond reasonable doubt. If reasonable doubt remains, the accused must be acquitted.
I was flabbergasted to see the accusatory actions of Port Moody city council. While Mayor Rob Vagramov had not yet been found guilty and his sexual assault case was before the courts awaiting trial, neither members of Port Moody council nor members of the public had the right to intervene and act as if they themselves were to sentence Mayor Vagramov.
They took or wanted to take justice in their own hands rather than rely on the legal system in this country.
How can people jump to conclusions based on hearsay and without a proper investigation or trial? Clearly, some of us can do so without any hesitation. And it bothers me because next time, accusatory fingers may be pointing at us.
There is no doubt in my mind that Canada's, residents should be tolerant, understanding and friendly to one another. I am still hopeful that we are tolerant and respectful of the existing laws that our forefathers established for our protection.
I do not know Mayor Vagramov but all's well that ends well and I am glad he is able to resume his duties as mayor.
Janina Furmanik, Coquitlam