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Canadian sentenced for leading terrorism plot

Oct 26th, 2010 foreign courts

In an article entitled "Canadian sentenced for leading terrorism plot," The Miami Herald reports on Monday, October 25, that the ringleader of a homegrown terrorist group, Fahim Ahmad, was sentenced to 16 years in prison for leading a terror cell plotting to attack Canada's Parliament buildings, electrical grids and nuclear stations. Ahmad had pleaded guilty in May mid-trial to participating in a terrorist group, importing firearms, and instructing his co-accused to carry out an activity for a terrorist group.

Ontario Superior Court of Justice Fletcher Dawson found that even though Ahmad was the leader of the plot and the individual responsible for putting together an al-Qaeda-type cell, he was ineffective at it and was never close to executing any of this threatened attacks. In his ruling, which makes Ahmad eligible for parole in another 3 1/2 years, Judge Dawson said he took into account Ahmad had no previous criminal record, and shows remorse. 

"I am not dealing with someone who remains openly defiant," Dawson said. "Perhaps I'm only optimistic, but I see prospects of rehabilitation."

For the full text of today's article, click here.


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