A man accused of being a Russian spy while masquerading as a Canadian citizen has been deported to his homeland.
Canada's Public Safety Minister Stockwell Day said the man, who had assumed the name of Paul William Hampel, left Canada under close supervision on Tuesday morning.
The Canada Border Services Agency took Hampel into custody on Nov. 14 after finding he was carrying a fraudulent Ontario birth certificate under his shirt.
According to documents filed in Federal Court in Montreal, the Canadian Security Intelligence Service believes Hampel is a member of the Russian Foreign Intelligence Service, or SVR, a successor to the Soviet-era KGB. Officials had asked for his immediate deportation, suspecting him of acts of espionage that threatened Canadian security.