These passages were cited with approval by Grauer J. (as he then was) in Manno v. Henry, 2008 BCSC 738, at paras. 72-73. Thus, simply using the word “alleges” or saying that a person is “suspected” of criminal conduct will not necessarily transform a defamatory statement into one that is not defamatory. The court will still have to consider whether, in context, the statement carries a defamatory meaning.
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