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Sentence in R. v. Ahmed
Ottawa – October 23, 2014 – Misbahuddin Ahmed, 30, was sentenced today in Ontario Superior Court to 12 years in prison. On July 11, 2014, a jury found Misbahuddin Ahmed guilty of conspiring to facilitate a terrorist activity, contrary to section 83.19 of the Criminal Code, and participating in the activities of a terrorist group contrary to s. 83.18.
He was found not guilty of making or having in his possession an explosive substance with intent to endanger life or cause serious damage to property, for the benefit of a terrorist group, contrary to section 83.2 of the Criminal Code.
The parties have 30 days to decide whether or not they will appeal the sentence.
The Public Prosecution Service of Canada is responsible for prosecuting offences under federal jurisdiction in a manner that is free of any improper influence and that respects the public interest. The PPSC is also responsible for providing prosecution-related advice to law enforcement agencies across Canada.
National Prosecution Awards for Top Prosecutors
Charlottetown – October 23, 2014 – The Federal/Provincial/Territorial Heads of Prosecutions Committee has recognized the outstanding accomplishments of two prosecutors, who were honoured at an awards ceremony held last night. The award program, instituted in 2006, honours professional excellence, exemplary service, and outstanding achievements.
The awards were presented by the Honorable H. Frank Lewis, O.P.E.I., Lieutenant Governor of Prince Edward Island, and the Honorable Janice Sherry, Attorney General and Minister of Environment, Labour and Justice.
Mr. Pierre Lapointe, Chief Prosecutor, Bureau du Directeur des poursuites criminelles et pénales du Québec (DPCP), and Mr. Joshua B. Hawkes, Q.C., Appellate counsel with the Appeals, Education and Prosecution Policy Branch of the Alberta Crown Prosecution Service, were both awarded the Commitment to Justice Award 2014.
The Commitment to Justice Award recognizes a high level of commitment and dedication to the ideals of justice or, leadership in inspiring excellence, professionalism and ethical behavior or, a significant contribution to improving the effectiveness of the criminal justice system.
The FPT Heads of Prosecutions Committee brings together the leaders of Canada’s prosecution services to promote assistance and cooperation on operational issues relating to criminal prosecutions. The Committee also provides the prosecution perspective to Federal/Provincial/Territorial Ministers and Deputy Ministers Responsible for Justice.
Transfer of the Commissioner of Canada Elections to the Public Prosecution Service of Canada
Gatineau – Wednesday, October 1, 2014 – The formal transfer of the Commissioner of Canada Elections from Elections Canada to the Public Prosecution Service of Canada (PPSC) has officially taken place, following an Order in Council that fixed October 1, 2014 as the date that applicable sections of the Canada Elections Act came into force.
A Statement of Principles was jointly approved by the Commissioner of Canada Elections, Mr. Yves Côté, and the Director of Public Prosecutions, Mr. Brian Saunders. This statement reflects the fact that the Commissioner and the Director exercise their statutory duties independently from each other, even while operating within the same organization.
Commissioner of Canada Elections
Public Prosecution Service of Canada Deskbook
Public Prosecution Service of Canada Annual Report 2013-2014
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