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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.
Guilty Plea and Sentence in Terrorism Case
Ottawa – September 17, 2014 – Hiva Mohammad Alizadeh, 34, pleaded guilty today in Ontario Superior Court to 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 s. 83.2 of the Criminal Code. He was sentenced to 24 years in prison, less credit for time served in pre-trial custody. Pursuant to s. 743.6 of the Criminal Code, he will be ineligible to apply for parole until at least half his sentence is served.
He had also been charged with conspiring to facilitate the activities of a terrorist group, contrary to s. 83.19, and to participating in the activities of a terrorist group, contrary to s. 83.18. These charges were withdrawn.
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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