The trial of two B.C. religious leaders charged with practising polygamy has been put off until April 22 and moved to a different town.
Winston Blackmore and James Oler have been charged with one count each of breaching Section 293 of the Criminal Code, which bans polygamy, by entering into a conjugal relationship with more than one individual at a time.
They made their first court appearance last month. Blackmore showed up in the Creston courtroom Wednesday, but Oler sent a lawyer on his behalf who was able to have the trial postponed and moved to a new venue — Cranbrook.
Blackmore, a leader in the religious community of Bountiful in southeastern British Columbia, is accused of having 20 wives.
Oler, a rival leader in the community, is accused of having two wives. Both men face a maximum of five years in prison if convicted.