CSIS loses bid to keep closed-door hearing a secret in B.C. terror trial

VANCOUVER - Canada's spy agency has lost a fight to keep secret some information presented before a British Columbia court during a closed-door hearing for two people found guilty on terror charges.

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B.C. Supreme Court Justice Catherine Bruce has ruled that it is possible to protect the privacy of a Canadian Security Intelligence Service source without the proceedings being kept entirely confidential.

John Nuttall and Amanda Korody have been found guilty of planting bombs at the B.C. legislature in 2013, and their lawyers are now arguing that couple were entrapped by police.

Part of the trial was held in-camera last week, and lawyers for the Crown and CSIS argued that information revealed during the hearing would risk identifying the alleged spy-agency operative who may have been involved in the undercover operation.

Now the judge has given CSIS lawyers until Tuesday afternoon to suggest to her what information should be excluded -- from both the hearing and her ruling -- in order to protect the person.

The edited version of the hearing is expected to be released to the media by Wednesday.



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