Governor suspends Columbia City Councilman Moe Baddourah

Governor suspends Columbia City Councilman Moe Baddourah

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - Gov. Henry McMaster has suspended City of Columbia councilman Moe Baddourah after being indicted on a second-degree domestic violence charge.

According to the executive order, the indictment is a violation of section 16-25-20 of the South Carolina Code of Laws.

Baddourah, according to Section 8 of the South Carolina Constitution, "may be suspended by the Governor until he shall have been acquitted."

The embattled councilman was arrested and charged with second-degree domestic violence in July 2016.

Following the suspension, Baddourah released a statement saying it was "troubling" that McMaster would suspend him for a misdemeanor without a conviction.

It's important to remember that at no point prior to the indictment or the suspension order have we been given an opportunity to present our case or any evidence. Once given a chance to defend myself, I'm confident that the facts will support my innocence. The accusation against me is false and appears to be designed to impact my custody case. I never assaulted my wife or touched her in any way."

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