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Vancouver settles in Ivan Henry wrongful conviction lawsuit

VANCOUVER – The City of Vancouver has settled in a wrongful conviction lawsuit launched by Ivan Henry, who spent decades in prison before being acquitted on 10 counts of sexual assault.

The city settled midway through a lengthy trial process, but the province and federal government are still defendants in the legal action.

A statement released in B.C. Supreme Court says the City of Vancouver unequivocally withdraws its allegations in its opening statement, saying Henry was guilty of the crimes.

The trial was to establish Henry’s right to compensation after he spent 27 years behind bars, but his lawyer noted during the hearing that the city still hadn’t accepted a B.C. Court of Appeal decision that Henry was innocent.

No details of the settlement are being released.

Henry is suing for damages after the appeal court ruled in 2010 that he was wrongfully convicted of the sexual assault in 1983.

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