Mar 2 2013
The Supreme Court of Canada said Thursday it would not hear the appeals of three members of the Toronto 18 Islamic terrorist group who wanted lighter sentences for plotting truck bombings in downtown Toronto.
National Post Zakaria Amara, Saad Khalid and Saad Gaya were denied leave to appeal sentences handed down by the Ontario Court of Appeal in 2010. Amara is serving a life term, while Khalid is serving 20 years and Gaya, 18 years.
The three young Islamist extremists became infatuated with violent “jihad” and in 2006 tried to bomb the Toronto Stock Exchange, the Toronto office of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service and a Canadian Forces base in southern Ontario.
“Driven by his violent jihadist convictions, the appellant plotted and schemed for months, schooled himself in the science of bomb-making, recruited underlings to assist him, used tactics designed to reduce the chances of detection, and played a central role in every important decision that was made to further the conspiracy,” the Ontario Court of Appeal wrote.
The government is currently discussing legislation that would strip Canadian citizenship from convicted terrorists who are dual nationals. While Gaya was born in Canada, Amara was born in Jordan and Khalid was born in Saudi Arabia.