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One of the “Toronto 18” sentenced to 14 years in prison on terrorism charges

Posted in counterterrorism, court decisions with tags , , , , on September 4, 2009 by admin

A Canadian man was sentenced Thursday to 14 years in prison for his role in a foiled bomb plot by Islamic extremists which was hoped would prod Canada to withdraw from Afghanistan.

Saad Khalid, 23, is the second of the so-called “Toronto 18” to be sentenced for planning three days of attacks on the Toronto Stock Exchange, Canada’s spy agency headquarters and a military base using rented vans stuffed with explosives.

The attacks were designed to try to force the Canadian government to pull its 2,800 troops out of Afghanistan where they are routing insurgents as part of a NATO-led force.

The 18 alleged plotters were arrested during a police sting operation in 2006.Khalid entered a guilty plea earlier this year, avoiding a trial.”This was a conspiracy that would have had a devastating impact on the country,” Ontario Superior Court Justice Bruce Durno said in court.


On Canadian Omar Khadr case

Posted in arrested terrorists, counterterrorism with tags , , , , , on August 28, 2009 by admin

Teenage terrorist or confused kid — Gitmo’s youngest prisoner –

Khadr, now 22, is the youngest inmate and, as a Canadian citizen, the only Westerner still held at Gitmo. He is accused of receiving one-on-one training from al Qaeda and was allegedly caught on a surveillance video making and planting roadside bombs where U.S. troops traveled — video the Pentagon will not release.

Due to go to trial last month, Khadr is charged with war crimes including murder, spying, conspiracy and providing support to terrorism. But President Obama’s order to close the detention facility at Gitmo has postponed the trial, and left the case in limbo.

Like the other remaining 245 Gitmo detainees, Khadr could be tried in the United States and face a life sentence. Or he might be sent back to Canada, where he could avoid trial and be set free.

Khadr has already served more time than he ever would under Canadian law, his lawyers say. They paint him as a victim, a kid trying to please his father, an al Qaeda financier who raised Omar and his siblings in bin Laden’s training camps.

Fo a more realistic view on this subject, read:

Omar Khadr: Doozie of the Day.

The Harper government is denying an accusation that its latest bid to avoid bringing former child soldier Omar Khadr home from a U.S. military prison smacks of “racism”..

Omar Khadr is NOT a “Child Soldier” – as per UN Laws.

‘To qualify under the Third Geneva Convention, a combatant must have conducted military operations according to the laws and customs of war, be part of a chain of command, wear a “fixed distinctive marking, visible from a distance” and bear arms openly.’
…Not only was he not a part of a recognized military ‘chain of command’, and not wearing any ‘badges’ or ‘distinctive markings’ that could, even remotely, be construed as ‘uniform’ or ‘fixed distinctive marking’:  the crime he is accused of having committed is against the laws and customs of war.  ( I can expand on this, at length, if asked, in the comments sections.)
….The Khadr family certainly considers 15 years of age to be ‘adult’ – that is the age at which their daughter was given away in marriage!