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Navy officer accused of espionage denied bail

Jeffrey Delisle arrives at Provincial Court in Halifax on Wednesday.

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A Halifax navy intelligence officer accused in a case of espionage has been denied bail.

Provincial court Judge Barbara Beach denied Sub-Lt. Jeffrey Paul Delisle's application for bail Friday.

"We're disappointed that he wasn't released from custody," defence lawyer Mike Taylor said outside court.

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"It's not a total surprise. It never is."

A publication ban was ordered covering evidence presented at SLt. Delisle's bail hearing Wednesday.

SLt. Delisle, charged with communicating information that could harm national interests, has been in custody at the Central Nova Scotia Correctional Facility since his arrest in January.

He was charged under a section of the Security of Information Act that was passed by the House of Commons after the terrorist attacks on the United States on Sept. 11, 2001.

The RCMP say the charges against SLt. Delisle mark the first time that anyone has been charged under that section of the act.

Court documents say one of the alleged offences happened between July 6, 2007, and Jan. 13, 2012, while the other offence is alleged to have happened between Jan. 10 and Jan. 13 of this year.

SLt. Delisle also faces a breach of trust charge under the Criminal Code that is alleged to have happened between July 6, 2007, and Jan. 13, 2012.

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All the offences are alleged to have happened in or near Halifax, Ottawa and Kingston, Ont.

SLt. Delisle's case has been adjourned until May 8.

Up until 2010, SLt. Delisle worked for both the Chief of Defence Intelligence and at the Strategic Joint Staff, which oversees virtually every major aspect of the military's domestic and international plans and operations.

He joined the military as a reservist private in 1996 and was posted to the 3 Intelligence Company in Halifax.

He went on to join the regular forces in 2001, was promoted to sergeant before being accepted at university for two years in Kingston as an officer candidate and eventually landed back in Halifax at the army's Atlantic headquarters.

In August of last year, SLt. Delisle was posted to Trinity, a highly secure naval intelligence centre in Halifax.

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