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Wrongfully convicted B.C. man sues for compensation

Ivan Henry smiles as he speaks to the media outside the B.C. Court of Appeal in Vancouver, B.C. Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2010.
Ivan Henry smiles as he speaks to the media outside the B.C. Court of Appeal in Vancouver, B.C. Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2010.

After being wrongfully jailed for almost 27 years, Ivan Henry is suing for compensation in court today.

Henry is suing the Vancouver Police, province and Federal Crown.

In May, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled Henry could use the Charter of Rights and Freedoms to pursue a lawsuit.

In 1983, Ivan Henry was convicted of three counts of rape, two counts of attempted rape and five counts of indecent assault in attacks on eight women in Vancouver and declared a dangerous offender.

But 27 years later, the B.C. Court of Appeal overturned Henry’s convictions, citing a lack of full disclosure of evidence by prosecutors.

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Henry filed civil lawsuits in 2011 against the City of Vancouver, members of the police department as well as the provincial and federal attorneys general.

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He hasn’t received any compensation since his release.

Henry and his daughter will be testifying as witnesses and will not be commenting throughout the process. His lawyer John Laxton says Henry’s conviction was devastating for his family and he has confidence that the same justice system that destroyed him will help restore him.

With files from the Canadian Press

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