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MP Dean Del Mastro wants case reopened following conviction

11/03/2014 01:30 EST | Updated 01/03/2015 05:59 EST
MP Dean Del Mastro is filing to reopen his defence against allegations he spent too much in the 2008 election and covered it up.

The Peterborough, Ont., MP was convicted last Friday, but says there is fresh evidence that Elections Canada didn't turn over in time for the trial.

In a news release, Del Mastro says his lawyers will bring the application immediately.

Del Mastro was found guilty on three counts last week and is to be sentenced Nov. 21 in a Lindsay, Ont., court.

The MP is at risk of losing his seat because of a ban on sitting in the House or running for election for five years following a conviction on Election Act offences.

Del Mastro isn't in Ottawa this week because his wife gave birth over the weekend to their first child.

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