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Justice Minister now says he's moving forward with review of Rehtaeh Parsons case

Justice Minister Ross Landry said late Tuesday night that he has asked senior government officials to present options on how best to proceed in reviewing the Rehtaeh Parsons case.

The announcement at 9:58 p.m. is a stark change from earlier Tuesday when Landry said he didn't plan to order a review of an RCMP investigation that concluded there were no grounds to lay charges against four boys over allegations they sexually assaulted her when she was 15.

Following that alleged incident, the 17-year-old Cole Harbour teen was bullied relentlessly - and took her own life a few days ago.

"This situation is tragic, I am deeply saddened - as I think are all Nova Scotians - by the death of this young woman," Landry said in a statement Tuesday night. "As a parent, I can't imagine the pain this family is going through at this time. My thoughts are with them."

Landry also said he wants to meet with Leah Parsons, Rehtaeh's mother, to discuss her experience with the justice system.

Parsons told Metro on Tuesday she was frustrated with how the RCMP handled her daughter's claim that she was raped in November, 2011.

"I know that law enforcement and the public prosecution service do their best, every day, to administer and enforce the law," Landry said in his statement.

"It's important that Nova Scotians have faith in the justice system and I am committed to exploring the mechanisms that exist to review the actions of all relevant authorities to ensure the system is always working to the best of its ability, in pursuit of justice."

Landry said more details are expected in the coming days. - with files from CP

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