Deh Cho MLA Michael Nadli, 50, was arrested and charged with assault causing bodily harm in his hometown of Fort Providence early last week.
A police report stated that local RCMP received a call for assistance at a residence around 3:00 p.m. on Apr. 5 for an individual who had been assaulted.
After arriving at the scene, officers transported the unidentified victim to the regional health centre for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.
The report indicated that Nadli left the residence by the time police arrived but turned himself in to authorities within a short period.
Nadli was taken to appear before a Justice of the Peace and was remanded into custody until his second court date on Apr. 8.
He was released on bail, set at $1,500, and must abide by strict conditions like residing in Yellowknife until his next court date on Apr. 21. Nadli can only travel to Fort Providence with permission from a bail supervisor, unless he is traveling to attend court, and has been instructed to notify RCMP as he enters and leaves the community.
Nadli has held the position of MLA for the Deh Cho region since 2011. He is also currently the chair of the Standing Committee on Government Operations and a member of both the Standing Committee on Priorities and Planning and the Standing Committee on Economic Development and Infrastructure.
Should an MLA be incarcerated following a conviction, he or she can be removed from office.
The Journal reached out to Nadli’s office for comment, but received no response by press time.
The police indicated that no other information on the victim will be released, out of respect.