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MPs reach 11th-hour deal to prevent Homolka pardon

A screen grab from a 2005 Radio-Canada interview with Karla Homolka.


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Federal political parties have joined forces to ensure notorious sex killer Karla Homolka won't be pardoned for her gruesome crimes.

Sources say the four parties have struck an 11th-hour deal to hive off measures in a pardon-reform bill that would effectively ban Ms. Homolka from receiving a pardon.

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The measures are to be passed at all stages by the end of the day Thursday, when the House of Commons is expected to adjourn for the summer.

The Senate, which will sit several weeks longer, is also expected to speedily pass the bill.

Other more contentious provisions of the bill will proceed at a more leisurely pace when Parliament resumes in late September.

Ms. Homolka, who served a 12-year sentence for her role in the rape and murders of Ontario teens Leslie Mahaffy and Kristen French, is eligible to apply for a pardon in July.

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