Innu acquittals overturned

Year Published:  1989
Resource Type:  Article
Cx Number:  CX3683

The Newfoundland Court of Appeal has overturned the acquittal of four Innu who had been charged for protesting against low-level military flights over their territory. The Innu were acquitted of mischief in April by Judge James Igloliorte, who said that the Natives reasonably believed the Canadian forces base Goose Bay was on their land. Ruling that the judge made a procedural error, the Court of Appeal declared the trial null and void. The Crown must now decided whether to apply for a new trial, and how to proceed against about 200 other Innu who have been arrested in similar protests.
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