The Public Prosecution Service of Canada has dropped a single breach of trust charge against Vice-Admiral Mark Norman.
Norman had been accused of leaking cabinet secrets in relation to a $668-million shipbuilding deal to lease a supply vessel to both an executive at the Davie Shipyard, in Levis, Que., which leased a supply ship to the navy, and to a CBC journalist.
The high-profile, politically charged case has seen the Liberal government face allegations of political interference from both the Opposition Conservatives and Norman’s defence team, including Toronto lawyer Marie Henein.
The defence had claimed, in both arguments and court filings, that the Prime Minister’s Office and the Privy Council Office had attempted to orchestrate the prosecution of the case.
CBC News confirmed late Tuesday that prosecutors intended to drop the charge, after the federal prosecution service took the unusual step of advising reporters they “may wish to attend” the court proceeding this morning. The news was initially reported by The National Post.
Andrew Leslie, a retired lieutenant-general who was elected in 2015, announced May 1 he was stepping away from politics after one term as a Liberal MP.
When Norman arrived at the Ottawa courthouse Wednesday morning, he was greeted by Leslie, who was set to testify for the defence.
Norman had little to say to reporters on his way in.
“It’s a beautiful day, thank you,” he said.
This story originally appeared on CBC