Saskatchewan

Robert Latimer can travel outside Canada, parole board rules

The Parole Board of Canada's appeal division has ruled Robert Latimer can travel freely outside Canada.

Former Wilkie, Sask., man on parole after serving prison term for murder of daughter, Tracy

Robert Latimer is shown in Ottawa in March 2008. He has been cleared by the Parole Board of Canada to travel internationally. (Tom Hanson/Canadian Press)

The Parole Board of Canada's appeal division has ruled Robert Latimer can travel freely outside Canada.

The ruling reverses an earlier decision that said Latimer, who was convicted of the 1993 second-degree murder of his disabled daughter Tracy, had to remain in the country.

The appeal division says the original decision was contrary to a Federal Court ruling in September that found the Saskatchewan farmer does not pose a risk to anyone.

The appeal division says maintaining an international travel ban on Latimer would be unfair and he need only notify his parole officer in writing before he leaves the country.

Latimer, who was 60, was sentenced to life in prison and was released on full parole, with some conditions, in 2010.

Latimer says he is pleased with the ruling and will soon apply for a passport.

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