Sentencing hearing underway for Halifax navy officer guilty of espionage

The Canadian Press
Associated Press

HALIFAX - The sentencing hearing for a navy intelligence officer convicted of espionage is underway in Halifax provincial court.

Sub-Lt. Jeffrey Paul Delisle pleaded guilty in October to one charge of breach of trust and two charges of passing information to a foreign entity that could harm Canada's interests.

Delisle, who sat in the courtroom today next to his defence lawyer wearing a blue hooded sweatshirt, is the first person to be sentenced under Canada's Security of Information Act.

The breach of trust charge carries a maximum sentence of five years, while the other charges carry life sentences.

Delisle joined the navy as a reservist in 1996 and became a member of the regular forces in 2001.

The sentencing hearing is scheduled to last two days.