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Canadian naval officer sentenced after being convicted of espionage for Russia

English.news.cn   2013-02-09 08:07:07            

OTTAWA, Feb. 8 (Xinhua) -- A Canadian naval intelligence officer, Jeffrey Delisle, 41, was sentenced to 20 years of imprisonment after being found guilty of selling military secrets to Russians, Friday in Halifax, Nova Scotia on Canada's east coast.

The ruling was handed down by Nova Scotia Provincial Court Chief Judge Patrick Curran.

According to the court verdict, Delisle, who held the rank of sub-lieutenant in the Royal Canadian Navy, was convicted of three counts of crime. He will, however, only spend 18 years and five more months behind bars because of the time already served.

Delisle will also be fined 111,817 Canadian dollars (about 111, 554 U.S. dollars) -- the amount he received from the Russians in exchange for passing along classified information over a four-and- a-half-year period beginning 2007.

The court heard that Delisle began espionage for Russia when he committed "professional suicide" and walked into the Russian embassy in Ottawa, the Canadian capital, offering to leak sensitive information from a computer system to which he had access while being posted at an intelligence facility in Halifax.

Delisle had been held in custody since his arrest on Jan. 13, 2012. He pleaded guilty to all of the three criminal charges in another court hearing held in October.

The Canadian military would also review Delisle's status and remove him from the navy, according to General Thomas Lawson, Chief of the Defense Staff of the Canadian Forces.

Editor: Wang Yuanyuan
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