Canadian prosecutors seek 20-year sentence for spy


AFP

OTTAWA — Canadian prosecutors on Friday sought a 20-year prison sentence and steep fine for a soldier convicted of leaking secrets to Russia. Sub-Lieutenant Jeffrey Paul Delisle pleaded guilty in October to breach of trust and passing information to a foreign government. He was the first person to be charged under a new Canadian security and intelligence law, which was beefed up after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks in the United States. In addition to two decades behind bars, prosecutors asked the Halifax court to slap the 41-year-old with a CA$111,812 (US$112,080) fine — an amount equal to what he earned while spying. The defense argued for a lesser sentence of nine to 10 years. Delisle meanwhile apologized Friday, telling the court: “I would like to go back in time, but I can’t” according to public broadcaster CBC.

Marital woes led him to betray his country, he said in a newly released police interrogation video.