Robert Latimer challenges his travel restrictions in Federal Court

Convicted murderer seeks judicial review of parole board ruling

VANCOUVER – Robert Latimer is challenging in Federal Court a decision by the National Parole Board that prevents him from travelling freely outside Canada.

The Saskatchewan farmer was convicted of second-degree murder in 1997 and sentenced to life in prison for killing his severely disabled daughter, Tracy. He was released from prison on day parole in 2008 and granted full parole, with some conditions, in 2010.

This past July, the parole board removed one of those conditions but turned down a request by Latimer that he be allowed to travel freely outside the country without having to apply for a limited-time passport.

The board’s appeal division ruled against Latimer last month, and he is now asking for a judicial review of the matter in Federal Court in Vancouver.

Latimer says the appeal division didn’t consider his application based on its merits and erred because it didn’t find the parole board’s decision unreasonable.

The parole board did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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