Lawyer asks court to overturn Robert Latimer’s travel restrictions

The lawyer for Robert Latimer says his client should be allowed to travel outside Canada.

VANCOUVER — The lawyer for Robert Latimer says his client should be allowed to travel outside Canada.

Jason Gratl is asking the Federal Court to overturn a parole condition that bars Latimer from leaving the country.

Gratl says Latimer poses no risk of reoffending and can check in with his parole officer by telephone.

In a hearing that Latimer did not attend, Gratl said the Saskatchewan farmer loved his daughter deeply but she was in agony when he took her life.

Latimer was convicted of the second-degree murder of his severely disabled daughter Tracy in 1997 and sentenced to life in prison but granted full parole, with some conditions, in 2010.

The Crown says Latimer can travel but must apply on a case by case basis, and lawyer Chris Bernier reminded the court that Latimer is serving a sentence for second-degree murder.

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