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Decision Released from the Ontario Court of Appeal
Toronto – August 19, 2015 – The Ontario Court of Appeal released its decision today on the conviction appeal for Asad Ansari who participated in the activities of a terrorist group commonly referred to as the “Toronto 18”.
The Court upheld the June 23, 2010 conviction on a terrorism offence, namely participating in the activities of a terrorist group contrary to s. 83.18(1) of the Criminal Code.
On October 4, 2010, Asad Ansari was sentenced to 6 ½ years of imprisonment. With credit for time served, he was released immediately.
The PPSC 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.
PPSC Annual Report Tabled in Parliament
Ottawa – July 23, 2015 – The Director of Public Prosecutions, Brian Saunders, today announced the tabling in Parliament of the Public Prosecution Service of Canada Annual Report 2014-2015. The report covers the period from April 1, 2014, to March 31, 2015.
In 2014-2015, the PPSC worked on 79,987 files. This includes 47,521 files opened during the year and 32,466 carried over from previous years. While drug prosecutions continue to represent a significant proportion of its total caseload, the PPSC also conducted prosecutions in a number of areas including environmental, economic and terrorism offences.
The report covers the transfer, on October 1, 2014, of the Commissioner of Canada Elections from Elections Canada to the PPSC. A statement of principles was signed to reinforce that the Commissioner and the Director of Public Prosecutions exercise their statutory duties independently, while still operating within the PPSC. For the first time, the PPSC Annual Report includes a section provided by Commissioner of Canada Elections Yves Côté on the operations of CCE staff.
“This report highlights the significant work undertaken by PPSC employees, in various capacities and across all PPSC offices,” said Mr. Saunders. “I would like to thank all PPSC employees for their hard work and dedication throughout the year, which enable the organization to consistently deliver on its mandate. I also welcome the staff of the Commissioner of Canada Elections to the PPSC.”
Canadian Victims Bill of Rights
Following the proclamation of the Canadian Victims Bill of Rights, the Public Prosecution Service of Canada has updated its Complaints Policy.
For more information from the federal government on victims’ issues, please visit www.canada.ca/victims.
Commissioner of Canada Elections
Public Prosecution Service of Canada Deskbook
Public Prosecution Service of Canada Annual Report 2014-2015
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