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CanadaMark Norman breach of trust charge expected to be dropped

07:00  08 may  2019
07:00  08 may  2019 Source:   globalnews.ca

Andrew Leslie set to testify for the defence in Mark Norman's breach of trust trial

Andrew Leslie set to testify for the defence in Mark Norman's breach of trust trial Retired lieutenant-general Andrew Leslie — who this week announced he's retiring from the federal Liberal caucus — is expected to testify for the defence in Vice-Admiral Mark Norman's breach of trust trial, CBC News has confirmed. The one-term Ottawa-area MP "self identified" as a potential witness over a year ago — around the time Norman, his former colleague and protégé, was formally charged by the RCMP — sources tell CBC News.

+ The controversial case of Vice Adm. Mark Norman is back in court Wednesday morning – and federal prosecutors are expected to withdraw their charge against him, a source told Global News. Norman was the second-in-command of the Canadian military until early 2017

Mark Norman is back in court Wednesday morning - and federal prosecutors are expected to withdraw their charge against him, a source told Global Norman was the second-in-command of the Canadian military until early 2017, when he was relieved of his duties and later charged with breach of trust for

Mark Norman breach of trust charge expected to be dropped © THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick Vice-Admiral Mark Norman arrives to court in Ottawa on Thursday, March 28, 2019.

The controversial case of Vice Adm. Mark Norman is back in court Wednesday morning - and federal prosecutors are expected to withdraw their charge against him, a source told Global News.

Norman was the second-in-command of the Canadian military until early 2017, when he was relieved of his duties and later charged with breach of trust for allegedly leaking classified information related to a plan by the then-newly elected Liberals to freeze a sole-sourced shipbuilding contract.

That move would have cost taxpayers millions of dollars in penalty fees given Quebec’s Davie Shipyard had already purchased the vessel it was set to convert into an interim supply ship for the navy, after both of its last supply ships had to be retired abruptly following fire and rust damage.

Five lingering questions from the end of Mark Norman's criminal case

Five lingering questions from the end of Mark Norman's criminal case OTTAWA — Now that public prosecutors have decided to stay a breach-of-trust charge against Vice-Admiral Mark Norman, here are five questions Canadians don't have full answers to: 1) What was the evidence that got Norman's charge stayed? The Public Prosecution Service of Canada said it received information in late March from Norman's legal team that, upon review with the evidence the RCMP provided, led them to believe there was no reasonable prospect of conviction in the case.

Norman faces one charge of breach of trust related to allegedly leaking secrets regarding a 0-million shipbuilding deal. This revelation comes on the heels of the news that Liberal MP Andrew Leslie was prepared to testify against the federal government in Mark Norman ’s favour.

Vice-Admiral Mark Norman said today he's pleased to be "exonerated of any wrongdoing" but is disappointed by the "alarming and protracted bias" in his 'I acted with integrity': Mark Norman claims exoneration after Crown stays breach - of - trust charge . Vice-Admiral Mark Norman said today he's

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Norman pleaded not guilty to the charge and another federal employee was also charged with the same allegation of breach of trust earlier this year in the case.

But the case has been dogged by allegations of political interference by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau after he publicly predicted the case would end up in court before charges were officially laid.

That came after the Public Prosecution Service of Canada issued an advisory telling reporters they “may wish to attend” a scheduled hearing on the case on Wednesday morning.

— With files from The Canadian Press

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Mark Norman gets House of Commons apology for impact of failed prosecution.
OTTAWA — The House of Commons is apologizing to Vice-Admiral Mark Norman for what he had to endure while facing criminal breach-of-trust charges. Conservative MP Lisa Raitt got unanimous consent for the statement of regret shortly after question period today. 

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