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PPSC Files Notice of Appeal in R. v. Sona

Ottawa – December 15, 2014 – Today, in the Ontario Court of Appeal, the Public Prosecution Service of Canada filed a Notice of Appeal against sentence, in R. v. Sona.

The Notice of Appeal was filed on the basis that the sentence imposed by the trial judge is demonstrably unfit and fails to reflect the gravity of the offence.

Mr. Sona was charged on April 2, 2013, with wilfully preventing or endeavouring to prevent an elector, in Guelph, from voting in the 2011 federal general election, contrary to section 281(g) of the Canada Elections Act. This resulted in Mr. Sona committing an offence contrary to section 491(3)(d) of the Act.

Mr. Sona was found guilty on August 14, 2014 and sentenced on November 19, 2014 to nine months in prison plus 12 months of probation.

The Public Prosecution Service of Canada is guided by the policies outlined in the PPSC Deskbook, a publicly available document. 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.

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Sentence in R. v. Sona

Ottawa – November 19, 2014 – Michael Sona was sentenced today in the Ontario Court of Justice, in Guelph, Ontario to 9 months in prison plus 12 months of probation, for committing an offence under the Canada Elections Act.

Mr. Sona was charged on April 2, 2013, with wilfully preventing or endeavouring to prevent an elector, in Guelph, from voting in the 2011 federal general election, contrary to section 281(g) of the Canada Elections Act. This resulted in Mr. Sona committing an offence contrary to section 491(3)(d) of the Canada Elections Act.

He was found guilty on August 14, 2014.

Both parties have 30 days to decide whether they will seek to appeal this sentence. For the Public Prosecution Service of Canada, the decision to appeal is guided by the policies outlined in the PPSC Deskbook, a publicly available document.

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.

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Commissioner of Canada Elections

Public Prosecution Service of Canada Deskbook

Public Prosecution Service of Canada Deskbook

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Public Prosecution Service of Canada Annual Report 2013-2014

Public Prosecution Service of Canada Annual Report 2013-2014

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