That renewed investigation has been going on for nearly two years, focusing on allegations of abuse of women and children in the small fundamentalist community – where older men take multiple, younger wives.
“I met with the RCMP two weeks ago, and they tell me something will be coming down one way or the other within a few weeks,” said the attorney general.
Oppal said he’s sympathetic to the RCMP investigators who have found it difficult to find witnesses willing to testify.
He said it will be up to the Crown to decide if the police have gathered enough evidence to warrant charges.
The Crown was prepared to lay charges after an earlier investigation back in 1992. But the NDP attorney general at the time was concerned that polygamous activities were protected by the constitution.
Only after considerable pressure from anti-polygamy activists did the investigation resume in 2004.
Earlier this year, CBC News obtained documents showing the rate of teen pregnancy in the community – with a population of more than 1,000 – was several times the provincial average.
We appreciate your support
Our website includes affiliate links, which means we get a small commission — at no additional cost to you — for each qualifying purpose. For instance, as an Amazon Associate Religion News Blog earns from qualifying purchases. That is one reason why we can provide this service free of charge.