Akwesasne border reporting trial resumes

The Cornwall courthouse at 29 Second Street West. (Newswatch Group/File)

AKWESASNE – A trial resumes today (June 1) which is challenging the requirement for Akwesasne residents to report to Cornwall’s port of entry.

The case involves two Akwesasne women charged with failing to report to the Canada Border Services Agency in Cornwall.

The band considers this “a criminal test case” on whether residents should have to report to the border when travelling between the Quebec and Ontario portions of the reserve.

That travel requires one to go through New York State.

The case had started in December but was adjourned after roughly 18 days. At that time, the case was being jockeyed between courtrooms in Morrisburg, Cornwall and Alexandria.

The Mohawk Council of Akwesasne says June 30, 2015 will be the date for final arguments in the case.

A written decision is expected in September.

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