Pathologist review may affect local cases

Two Red Deer court cases could be affected by a sweeping investigation into the work of a Calgary pathologist.

Two Red Deer court cases could be affected by a sweeping investigation into the work of a Calgary pathologist.

But a spokesperson from the local Crown prosecutor’s office declined to say more about the cases until the people involved are informed about what this could mean. She expected to have more information in about two weeks.

A dozen autopsy reports written by a Calgary forensic pathologist have been flagged for review in an ongoing Alberta Justice investigation.

Questions about Dr. Michael Belenky’s work began surfacing on Jan. 26, when Calgary police asked the medical examiner’s office to clarify one of his autopsy reports.

Sources told a Calgary newspaper the autopsy that prompted the review was performed on a toddler who died at Alberta Children’s Hospital in 2009.

Alberta Justice has not said who looked at the file, nor why they disagreed with the finding.

Belenky left the medical examiner’s office in January for reasons that are not linked to the review.