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Inquiry into Glen Assoun wrongful conviction should be led by Nova Scotia: Lametti

Glen Assoun, the Nova Scotia man who spent almost 17 years in prison for a crime he didn't commit, stands outside Supreme Court in Halifax on Friday, July 12, 2019. Two federal opposition leaders and the leaders of the opposition parties in Nova Scotia are calling for an independent review by Ottawa into why the RCMP destroyed potential evidence in the criminal proceedings against a Nova Scotia man who was wrongfully convicted of murder. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan
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Glen Assoun was released from prison and exonerated in the killing of Brenda Way

Justice Minister David Lametti said the Nova Scotia government has jurisdiction to probe miscarriage of justice

HALIFAX – The federal justice minister says it is up to the Nova Scotia government to initiate a public inquiry into the case of a Halifax man who was wrongfully convicted of murdering his former girlfriend.

Glen Assoun was convicted in 1999 of the knifing murder of Brenda Way four years earlier.

The 63-year-old man spent almost 17 years in prison and over four years on bail before being exonerated earlier this year.

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Justice Minister David Lametti said today in Halifax that he believes the provincial government has the necessary jurisdiction to probe the miscarriage of justice, and the federal government would co-operate in any inquiry the province decides to have.

The federal NDP and Green party leaders have called on Ottawa to order an independent review of the case to determine how the wrongful conviction occurred.

The leaders have said an independent probe is needed to determine why the RCMP destroyed potential evidence prepared by an analyst in an RCMP unit looking at the behaviour of serial offenders.