|Jeffrey Paul Delisle arrives at the provincial court to face espionage charges in Halifax, Jan. 17, 2012. REUTERS/Paul Darrow
A Canadian naval officer charged with spying has elected to be tried by jury in the Nova Scotia Supreme Court.
Sub.-Lt. Jeffrey Delisle appeared in court Tuesday morning. He also asked for a preliminary hearing.
Lawyers are to return to court Wednesday to determine a date.
Earlier this month, Delisle had been expected to enter a plea on two charges under the Security of Information Act and a criminal charge of breach of trust, but his court appearance was put off in one of the many delays in his case.
Delisle was working at Trinity, the navy's intelligence centre in Halifax, when he was arrested Jan. 13. He was denied bail and has remained in custody.
He worked in Kingston, Ont., and in Ottawa for both the chief of defence intelligence and at the Strategic Joint Staff before returning to Trinity, which, along with allied maritime intelligence and the coast guard, tracks ship traffic in the Atlantic.
He could face a life sentence if convicted under the Security of Information Act.