RCMP of­fi­cial back in cus­tody af­ter bail re­scinded

Back in cus­tody af­ter Crown re­quests re­view

Windsor Star - - FRONT PAGE - JIM BRON­SKILL in Ot­tawa

CAMERON OR­TIS

A se­nior RCMP in­tel­li­gence of­fi­cial charged with break­ing Canada’s se­crets law was headed back to an Ot­tawa jail af­ter a judge re­scinded his bail Fri­day.

Un­der the terms of bail set last month by a jus­tice of the peace, Cameron Jay Or­tis was liv­ing with his par­ents in Ab­bots­ford, B.C., had to re­port to po­lice once a week and was for­bid­den from us­ing any de­vice that con­nects to the in­ter­net.

On­tario Su­pe­rior Court Jus­tice Marc Labrosse said Fri­day that Or­tis would be re­turned to cus­tody as a re­sult of a re­view re­quested by the Crown.

The rea­sons for Labrosse’s de­ci­sion and de­tails of the Crown’s re­view ap­pli­ca­tion, heard last week, are cov­ered by a publi­ca­tion ban.

Or­tis, 47, faces charges un­der the Se­cu­rity of In­for­ma­tion Act for al­legedly dis­clos­ing se­crets to an un­known re­cip­i­ent and plan­ning to re­veal ad­di­tional clas­si­fied in­for­ma­tion to an un­spec­i­fied for­eign en­tity.

He faces a to­tal of seven counts un­der var­i­ous pro­vi­sions, dat­ing from as early as Jan. 1, 2015, to Sept. 12 of this year.

“The Crown’s po­si­tion was al­ways that Mr. Or­tis should be de­tained,” pros­e­cu­tor Judy Kliewer said fol­low­ing Labrosse’s rul­ing. “I can’t say any­thing more about the case right now be­cause of the publi­ca­tion ban, which is in place in or­der to pro­tect Mr. Or­tis’s right to a fair trial.”

RCMP of­fi­cers were wait­ing Fri­day out­side the Or­tis fam­ily con­do­minium in Ab­bots­ford.

“We had to en­sure that in the event that Mr. Or­tis was de­tained, that there were plans in place to en­sure that he was re­manded into cus­tody im­me­di­ately, and we did that,” Kliewer said.

Ian Carter, a lawyer for Or­tis, ex­pressed dis­ap­point­ment af­ter Fri­day’s hear­ing.

“We thought that the jus­tice of the peace’s de­ci­sion was rea­son­able and the cor­rect one,” he said.

The de­fence wants to see more of the Crown’s case against Or­tis, Carter added.

“Ba­si­cally we need to get more dis­clo­sure, we don’t have all the dis­clo­sure yet to an­a­lyze the case and be­gin prepa­ra­tion for de­fend­ing him against these charges.”

Kliewer said the Crown was “con­tin­u­ing with the dis­clo­sure process” and would soon move to set trial dates.

Un­like the case for many crim­i­nal of­fences, Or­tis had the bur­den of demon­strat­ing why he should be freed on bail while he awaits trial on the se­crets-law charges.

The bail con­di­tions es­tab­lished last month re­quired that Or­tis and his par­ents, who were act­ing as sureties, each post a $125,000 bond.

One of his par­ents was to be in the B.C. res­i­dence with him at all times and ac­com­pany him on out­ings.

All phones, com­put­ers and tablets in the home were to be pass­word-pro­tected and locked away when not in the pos­ses­sion of Or­tis’ par­ents.

In ad­di­tion, Or­tis could not at­tend any place that had pub­lic in­ter­net ac­cess, was for­bid­den from pos­sess­ing weapons and was re­quired to sur­ren­der his pass­port to au­thor­i­ties.

The Se­cu­rity of In­for­ma­tion Act, passed fol­low­ing the 9/11 at­tacks on the United States, is in­tended to safe­guard sen­si­tive govern­ment se­crets. Charges have been rare but Jef­frey Paul Delisle, a naval of­fi­cer who gave clas­si­fied ma­te­rial to Rus­sia, pleaded guilty to of­fences un­der the act in 2012.

RCMP Com­mis­sioner Brenda Lucki has said the al­le­ga­tions against Or­tis are un­set­tling, not­ing that as di­rec­tor gen­eral of the force’s Na­tional In­tel­li­gence Co-or­di­na­tion Cen­tre, he had ac­cess to in­for­ma­tion from do­mes­tic and in­ter­na­tional al­lies.

Lucki told a news con­fer­ence in Septem­ber that in­ves­ti­ga­tors came across doc­u­ments dur­ing a joint in­ves­ti­ga­tion with the U.S. Fed­eral Bureau of In­ves­ti­ga­tion that led the Moun­ties to be­lieve there could be some kind of “in­ter­nal cor­rup­tion.”

JULIE OLIVER / POSTMEDIA NEWS

Cameron Or­tis, who is re­turn­ing to an Ot­tawa jail af­ter a judge re­voked his bail on Fri­day, faces charges un­der the Se­cu­rity of In­for­ma­tion Act for al­legedly dis­clos­ing se­crets to an un­known re­cip­i­ent and plan­ning to re­veal ad­di­tional clas­si­fied in­for­ma­tion to an un­spec­i­fied for­eign en­tity.

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