Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Ontario Launches Probe into Jail Leak about Accused Killer Alek Minassian

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Ontario Launches Probe into Jail Leak about Accused Killer Alek Minassian

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Ontario probing Alek Minassian jail leak

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TORONTO - The Ontario government has launched an investigation into a leak from a Toronto jail related to a man accused of killing 10 people and injuring 16 others in a van attack earlier this week.

The investigation was triggered by a Toronto Sun article about accused mass killer Alek Minassian that is accompanied by a photograph of an inmate the newspaper claims is that of the 25-year-old inside the Toronto South Detention Centre.

Joe Warmington's report cites anonymous sources who either spoke to or heard Minassian allegedly say inside the detention centre that he had no regrets for the victims and that he wished he had been shot by the Toronto police officer who arrested him without incident.

"Joe reported information he received from his sources but we haven't been contacted and there's nothing we can add in terms of the ministry's actions or policies," James Wallace, editorial vice president for the Sun newspapers, said in an email.

A spokesman for the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services says publicly sharing photos or information about an inmate is unacceptable conduct.

"It is not appropriate for the ministry to publicly comment on any individuals in its custody," Andrew Morrison said in an email. "For security reasons, it is not appropriate for anyone in the ministry to publicly disclose specific locations of inmates. …

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