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Former Parti Québécois leader Andre Boisclair leaves a police station in Montreal, on May 29, 2020.Ryan Remiorz/The Canadian Press

Former Parti Québécois leader André Boisclair will have a preliminary hearing on sex-assault charges on Sept. 30.

Mr. Boisclair was not present in court today as the inquiry date was set for charges laid in May, 2020, of sexual assault with the participation of another person and sexual assault with a weapon.

He pleaded not guilty last July to those charges, which are related to events alleged to have occurred on or around Jan. 8, 2014, in Montreal.

Prosecutor Luc Page told a Quebec court judge the complainant will testify during the inquiry and a video statement will be presented.

Mr. Boisclair, PQ leader between 2005-07, was also charged in a separate sexual-assault case earlier this year, stemming from events that allegedly occurred in November, 2015, involving a different person.

That case will return before a judge on Sept. 30 – the same day as his preliminary inquiry in the other case. Publication bans prohibit the identification of the alleged victims in both cases.

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