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Suspended senator Brazeau on bail, ordered to enter treatment program

Patrick Brazeau is escorted into the Gatineau Court House in Gatineau, Que., on April 10, 2014. Brazeau has been charged with two counts of assault, uttering death threats, cocaine possession and breach of bail conditions.

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Patrick Brazeau has been released on $5,000 bail and given three days to enter a treatment program.

"He has to go to Maison Mélaric for treatment to deal with an alcohol and drug problem. He will also have to respect a curfew from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m.," Crown prosecutor Stéphanie Robitaille told reporters.

Mr. Brazeau, 39, was arrested Thursday morning on charges of assault, uttering threats, cocaine possession and breach of conditions, after an altercation at a residence in Gatineau, Que.

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In a brief appearance Thursday afternoon, he pleaded not guilty to the five charges against him. The Crown prosecutor objected to Mr. Brazeau's release on bail at that time, stating that he was being charged with breaching the undertakings that he had made last year after he was charged with assault and sexual assault in an unrelated matter.

Mr. Brazeau was released Friday afternoon after agreeing to a series of conditions, including staying away from alcohol and drugs.

The undertaking would prevent him from returning to work at a strip club in Ottawa.

As a condition of his release, Mr. Brazeau was given 72 hours to check himself into a rehabilitation facility in the Quebec municipality of Saint-André-d'Argenteuil, which is located along the Ottawa River just south of the town of Lachute.

The Mélaric rehab centre is a stately facility with stone buildings situated on a picturesque landscaped riverside property.

"He's going to live there 24/7 unless he obtains permission from one of the [rehab centre's] representatives," said Ms. Robitaille.

Mr. Brazeau also cannot enter into contact with the two people – one woman and one man – who were the victims of the alleged assault.

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Mr. Brazeau, unshaven and wearing the same clothes he had on when he was first brought to court, stared at the judge Friday as his bail conditions were read, speaking only a few words in French to confirm that he understood what was being said.

Mr. Brazeau wasn't required to pay his bail before being released. Instead, he will have to come up with the cash if he breaches any one of his bail conditions.

A date was supposed to be set on Friday for Mr. Brazeau's trial on the 2013 assault and sexual assault charges. The matter has been pushed back to April 25.

Mr. Brazeau is also facing fraud and breach of trust charges in a matter related to Senate expense claims.

The Senate ordered Mr. Brazeau to pay back almost $50,000 over disputed expense claims. He refused, and the Senate garnisheed his salary until last November, when he was suspended without pay.

With a report from The Canadian Press

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Daniel Leblanc studied political science at the University of Ottawa and journalism at Carleton University. He became a full-time reporter in 1998, first at the Ottawa Citizen and then in the Ottawa bureau of The Globe and Mail. More

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