British Columbia's police watchdog will move forward with an investigation into the wrongful murder conviction and appeal of a Nova Scotia man who spent nearly 17 years in prison.
An order-in-council was issued earlier this month, authorizing the probe by the civilian-led Independent Investigations Office, which will examine details surrounding Glen Assoun's case.
Assoun was convicted in 1995 of killing his ex-girlfriend, Brenda Way, but he always maintained his innocence.
He was imprisoned for nearly 17 years and spent five more years under strict parole conditions before federal Justice Minister David Lametti ordered a new trial, saying the original conviction was likely a miscarriage of justice.
Provincial Crown prosecutors opted not to retry Assoun and he was finally exonerated in 2019. Way's killing has never been solved.