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Canadian spy sentencing hearing starts Thursday: Queen's University expert


Queen’s University national security expert Christian Leuprecht is available to talk about the two-day sentencing hearing of former Canadian naval officer Jeffrey Delisle, which begins on Thursday.

Delisle is the first person to be convicted under the Security of Information Act, which was created after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

“The Crown has a strong incentive to seek a sentence sufficiently strong to act as a deterrent whereas the defence is likely to seek leniency in return for pleading out. The judge thus has to reconcile two positions on sentencing that are far apart; at the same time, in Canada's common law system, the eventual sentence rendered will establish legal precedent for any future arraignment under Canada's revamped Security of Information Act.” says Dr. Leuprecht.

Please note that Dr. Leuprecht asks to be identified in the media as an expert from both Queen’s University and RMC. Dr. Leuprecht is available on Wednesday and Thursday but is travelling on Friday and has limited availability.

To arrange an interview, please contact communication officers Michael Onesi (office: 613.533.6000 ext. 77513, michael.onesi@queensu.ca) or Anne Craig (office: 613-533-2877, Anne.Craig@queensu.ca) at Queen’s University News and Media Services Department in Kingston, Ont., Canada.

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