Prosecution expected to request three-week delay in espionage sentencing hearing

HALIFAX – The prosecution in the case of a navy officer who pleaded guilty to selling military secrets to Russia is expected to request an adjournment when the matter returns to court today.

A two-day sentencing hearing for Sub-Lt. Jeffrey Paul Delisle is scheduled to begin today in Halifax provincial court.

But the federal Public Prosecution Service says it will argue for a three-week adjournment because the lead prosecutor is not available to attend.

Delisle’s lawyer has said he doesn’t object to the application, adding that the Crown, defence and judge have discussed the matter.

Delisle pleaded guilty in October to breach of trust and passing information to a foreign entity that could harm Canada’s interests.