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Robert Latimer paroled in Canadian euthanasia case

A Canadian farmer who was sentenced to life in prison for the 1993 murder of his disabled daughter has been granted full parole, his lawyer has said.

The decision to lift all restrictions on Robert Latimer by 6 December was made last week by the National Parole Board, according to defence lawyer Jason Gratl.

Latimer poisoned his 12-year-old daughter, Tracy, with carbon monoxide.

He said he had wanted to relieve her suffering from cerebral palsy.

The decision to grant Latimer full parole came after the National Parole Board had consulted with the wheat farmer's psychologist, Mr Gratl said.

The 1993 murder sparked a national debate on euthanasia.

The 57-year-old from Canada's Saskatchewan province said he had killed his daughter at his home to relieve her severe pain from complications related to cerebral palsy.

Tracy Latimer's spine was bent out of shape, and she could not speak or communicate outwardly.

Latimer killed her by pumping exhaust fumes into the cab of his truck where he had placed her.

He was convicted in 1994 and was released from prison in 2008, at which time he was ordered to spend five nights per week at a halfway house in Victoria, in the province of British Columbia.

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