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Thursday, March 4, 1999 - Page updated at 12:00 AM

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Pacific Northwest

Mounties Raid Premier's Home

Seattle Times Staff: Seattle Times News Services

VANCOUVER, B.C. - The Royal Canadian Mounted Police raided the home of British Columbia Premier Glen Clark in an investigation into gambling at a hotel near Vancouver, officials said yesterday.

Members of the RCMP, equipped with a search warrant, raided Clark's east Vancouver home Tuesday evening. It was not immediately disclosed whether anything was seized.

Clark said he had done nothing wrong.

The Vancouver Sun quoted RCMP sources as saying the raid was connected to an earlier raid on poker tables at the Lumbermen's Club in the North Burnaby Inn. The Sun said police were trying to determine why the inn's owner and an associate were given a charity casino license.

The Canadian Press reported that a building permit, registered at Vancouver City Hall, showed Clark and his wife had an addition built on their house by Dimitrios Pilarinos, the man who received the tentative go-ahead from the province to run the casino.

Copyright (c) 1999 Seattle Times Company, All Rights Reserved.

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