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Bus attacker wins right to leave mental hospital

WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) -

A man who beheaded and cannibalized a fellow passenger on a Greyhound bus in Canada has won his bid to leave the grounds of the mental hospital where he is being kept.

A Criminal Code review board ruled Thursday that Vince Li's treatment team may grant him short escorted trips into the central Canadian city of Selkirk, Manitoba.

The review board says the passes will start at 30 minutes and increase incrementally to a maximum of full days.

Li was found not criminally responsible for the July 2008 death of Tim McLean, a young carnival worker who was sitting next to Li on a bus near Portage la Prairie.

The board says the passes should only be granted if Li's treatment team believes his condition is stable and that it would be "appropriate and safe for him to leave the locked ward."

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