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Benoît Proulx case on the Supreme Court site

Benoît Proulx

Quebec ordered to pay $2.2 million

Benoit Proulx

OTTAWA (CP) -- The Supreme Court of Canada has ordered the Quebec government to pay more than $2 million to Benoit Proulx, a former journalist wrongfully convicted in the slaying of his ex-girlfriend.

In a 4-3 decision Thursday, the top court ruled Benoit Proulx was the victim of a malicious prosecution at his 1991 trial and conviction for first-degree murder.

Proulx was found guilty and sentenced to life in prison for the shooting death of France Alain, 19.

Proulx, a former Quebec City radio reporter, served two years of his sentence before his conviction was overturned by the Quebec Court of Appeal.

The Supreme Court found that Crown lawyer Robert Parrot built a case against Proulx despite a lack of hard evidence.

Proulx will be entitled to a package of between $2.2 and $2.3 million.

Quebec Justice Minister Paul Begin said the province will comply promptly with the ruling.

Begin added that no disciplinary action will be taken against Parrot despite the high court's conclusion that the lawyer pursued "a guilty verdict at all costs".

The Supreme Court noted that Parrot laid the murder charge even though a key witness could not place Proulx at the scene of the killing in Ste-Foy, near Quebec City.

Benoit Proulx was awarded $1.6M in compensation by a Quebec court in 1997, but the ruling was overturned on appeal.