Parsons washes hands of Muskrat Falls charges

Published on April 12, 2017

In a letter to Nunastiavut President Johannes Lampe, Justice Minister Andrew Parsons said he will not intervene to halt criminal charges against Muskrat Falls protesters last fall.

Parsons was responding to a letter to Premier Dwight Ball Tuesday, in which Lampe asked the government to drop criminal proceedings against protesters who entered the Muskrat Falls construction site last fall and briefly shut down work.

“While the attorney general is accountable to the House of Assembly for the operation of the prosecution service, I do not intervene in the day-to-day operations of the service,” Parsons stated in his letter. “Tradition and case law dictate that the director of public prosecutions carries out her function free from any political interference.”