Mike Duffy makes brief statement

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Published on July 18, 2014
Mike Duffy's cottage at 10 Friendly Lane in Cavendish on Thursday, July 17, 2014. A window was open, cars in the driveway but no one answered when a Charlottetown Guardian photographer knocked on the door.
Charlottetown Guardian

After avoiding the media on the day charges against him were announced, suspended Senator Mike Duffy has issued a statement in which he says he hasn’t broken the law.

Duffy sent the statement by email to TC Media Friday after a request for an interview.

“It would be inappropriate of me to comment as this matter is now before the courts. The court process will allow Canadians to hear all of the facts,” he wrote.

“They will then understand that I have not violated the criminal code.”

On Thursday the RCMP announced 31 charges have been laid against Duffy including fraud, breach of trust and bribery.

A conviction could lead to prison time, including a maximum of 14 years for the bribery charge.

The RCMP said the charges involve Duffy’s claims for living expenses, claims for travel expenses unconnected with Senate business and fraudulent contracts.

They also deal with the $90,000 Duffy allegedly received from Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s former chief of staff Nigel Wright.

On Thursday Duffy stayed inside his cottage in Cavendish as several media outlets waited outside and he did not speak to any of them.

He showed more of an interest in cooperating with the media Friday.

A Global TV crew was packing up after getting a brief interview with Duffy when he came to the door and invited the crew to stick around if they wanted to get a shot or two of him leaving.

A few minutes later Duffy and his wife Heather emerged from their cottage on Friendly Lane, got into a red Hyundai Santa Fe and drove away.

Duffy’s first court appearance is set for Sept. 16.