The trial is from
December 10 to 21 2012
at Montreal Courthouse
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Montreal, October 2009. Following an anonymous complaint from Germany, the Sûreté du Quebec begins an investigation about suspicious images that were exposed online by a local website, after an alert from INTERPOL. Under the name of Inner Depravity, it consists, according to the authorities, of a database giving access to audiovisual files depicting authentic real brutal crimes.
Authorities quickly identify the creator of that website, and is immediately located. Hoaxed by the local authorities, as they used undercover cops to reach him and lure him, special effects make-up artist Rémy Couture eventually had his workshop thoroughly searched while several of his possessions are confiscated, and got arrested with handcuffs under broad daylight. He gets immediately arrested, as surprisingly they had a warrant.
That night, while he is behind bars, Rémy learns that he is being charged with Moral Corruption through propagation of obscene material.
He is suspected of committing the violent acts his work depicts, which is obviously false on all aspects of the issue. For as real and shocking as Couture’s films may be, they remain works of fiction, and were always figments of his imagination. This argument, however, is seemingly insufficient proof of his innocence. And so begins a lengthy judicial saga that, as of today, has yet to reach a conclusion.
Rémy Couture’s will stand trial, starting December 10th 2012 at the Montréal's Courthouse in front of a jury. The trial will last two weeks. If Rémy is found guilty, he might be condemned to imprisonment and have a criminal record without committing any crime than expressing his art.
If the court finds him guilty, this will mean the end of your freedom of expression, for generations to come.
The documentary Art/Crime, produced in 2011by Frédérick Maheux, sheds light on this sordid, almost ridiculous story, costing millions from taxpayer's money.