Canada

Alberta solicitor general won't face criminal charges

Alberta's solicitor general won't face criminal charges of witness tampering.

No criminal charges will be laid against Alberta Solicitor General Heather Forsyth after an investigation into allegations of witness tampering.

Prosecutors in New Brunswick say she did not pressure or threaten a female victim not to testify against her son who was charged with assaulting his girlfriend.

A prosecutor says Forsyth's involvement was nothing more than what one would reasonably expect from any mother.

The criminal case against her son was dropped when the victim did not appear in court to testify.

There had been calls for Forsyth to resign over allegations she asked a witness not to testify at the trial in 1999. The accusations were made during a court martial of her son at CFB Gagetown in New Brunswick. They surfaced when a transcript of the hearing became public.

Forsyth's son was found guilty of assault causing bodily harm at the court martial. Cpl. Thomas Forsyth was sentenced to eight months in a military prison but was released while the case was being appealed.