Latimer granted exception to parole conditions
Saskatchewan farmer Robert Latimer is shown in Ottawa Monday, March 17, 2008. (Tom Hanson / The Canadian Press)
Published Monday, September 17, 2012 1:18PM EDT
Last Updated Monday, September 17, 2012 1:31PM EDT
A Saskatchewan man convicted of killing his severely disabled daughter has been granted a rare exception to his parole conditions.
The Parole Board of Canada has adjusted the conditions of Robert Latimer’s release to allow him to leave the country to speak at an educational conference in Britain.
Latimer was convicted of second-degree murder in 1994 in the death of his daughter Tracy, who he admitted to killing in a bid to end the pain she suffered as a result of cerebral palsy.
Those on parole are traditionally not allowed to leave the country.
In a decision faxed to CTV Victoria, the parole board noted that Latimer will generate significant media attention but isn’t considered a risk to society in Britain or Canada.
There is, however, a caveat. If the U.K. government does not approve Latimer’s visa application, the exception to his parole conditions will be withdrawn.