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Bedford man faces espionage charges
January 16, 2012 - 2:05pm BY STEVE BRUCE COURT REPORTER
A member of the Canadian Armed Forces is in custody on charges of passing secret government information to a foreign entity.
Jeffrey Paul Delisle, 40, of Bedford was arrested Saturday and charged with a Criminal Code offence of breach of trust by a public officer.
By the time the Lewis Drive resident appeared before a judge in Halifax provincial court Monday, two new charges under the federal Security of Information Act had been added.
The Crown was opposed to Delisle's release. He was remanded to the Central Nova Scotia Correctional Facility in Dartmouth until Tuesday, when a bail hearing is scheduled.
According to court documents sworn Monday by an RCMP officer from Montreal, investigators allege that between July 6, 2007, and Jan. 13, 2012, Delisle committed a breach of trust and communicated “to a foreign entity information that the Government of Canada is taking measures to safeguard.”
Those offences are alleged to have been committed in Ottawa, Kingston, Ont., Halifax and Bedford.
The RCMP officer also alleges that between Jan. 10 and Jan. 13 of this year in Halifax and Bedford, Delisle attempted to communicate secret information to a foreign entity.
The security act charges carry a maximum penalty of life in prison. The maximum punishment for breach of trust by a public officer is five years.