N.S. premier seeks probe of possible criminality by police in Assoun case

Nova Scotia’s premier says his government will ask for an independent investigation into the destruction of evidence by police in the case of a man who spent almost 17 years in prison before being declared innocent.

Glen Assoun, 64, also lived under strict parole conditions for almost five more years before a Nova Scotia Supreme Court ruling in March 2019 reversed his 1999 conviction for the murder of Brenda Way.

Premier Stephen McNeil told reporters today he’s asked the province’s independent police watchdog, the Serious Incident Response Team, to assess whether there was any criminal misconduct by police.

In July 2019, a federal Justice Department report revealed an RCMP unit that included Halifax police officers had destroyed a constable’s database of information about other suspects, along with physical evidence the officer had gathered to back up his case.


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