Former Canadian peacekeeper commander found guilty of fraud

OTTAWA (AP) — Col. Reno Vanier, the former commander of Canadian peacekeepers in Haiti, was convicted Tuesday on six bribery and fraud-related charges.
The charges centered on a week-long holiday Vanier took with his wife and daughter to Cancun, Mexico, in 1996.
The same five-member military panel that convicted Vanier will sentence him later.
Vanier was accused of submitting false expense claims and concocting a cover-up story with the president of the tour company after military auditors questioned the trip.
Vanier faces a separate charge of being absent without leave from his desk job at National Defense headquarters in Ottawa last June. He disappeared without explanation and several days later was found disheveled and disoriented, floating in the Rideau River near Ottawa.