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    Toronto 18 mastermind sentenced to life in prison

    Zakaria Amara, the mastermind of a 2006 terrorist plot to bomb Toronto, has been sentenced by an Ontario judge to life in prison, a punishment that represents the courtroom climax of the so-called "Toronto 18" case.

    Mr. Justice Bruce Durno's decision is the stiffest punishment imposed in the terrorism conspiracy and also the stiffest punishment imposed to date under Canada's antiterrorism laws, which Parliament passed in the aftermath of al-Qaeda's 2001 terrorist attacks against the United States.

    "What thus case revealed was spine chilling," said Judge Durno, stressing the case should bring the threat of terrorism home to Canadians.

    "It cannot be said these things happen only in other countries," he added as he read aloud his written decision. "These things happen here."

    Five years after New York's World Trade Center towers were razed, a suburban gas station attendant, then barely out of his teens, was inspired by al-Qaeda to follow suit.

    Mr. Amara, a Cypriot-Jordanian who had immigrated to Canada in his early teens, hoped to shock Parliament into pulling Canada's soldiers from Afghanistan.

    Police had Mr. Amara under constant surveillance in Mississauga during the months leading up to his arrest, catching him in a relentless pursuit of a singular goal: He wanted to build truck bombs and explode them in downtown Toronto.

    The RCMP, the federal police agency that spent millions pursuing the case, ultimately used an expensive sting operation to ensnare Mr. Amara and his accomplices paying two Muslim infiltrators millions to unfurl the plot.

    "Zakaria Amara did not just commit a criminal offence. He committed a terrorist offence that would have had catastrophic consequences," said Judge Durno. "... He did not serve as a foot soldier but as a leader."

    For that reason, he said, Mr. Amara's degree of culpability in one of the most horrific crimes envisioned in Canadian history was "hard to put into words."

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    Toronto 18 mastermind sentenced to life in prison - The Globe and Mail
    Good, hopefully this will serve as an example to others who may be thinking of doing similar things!
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    Re: Toronto 18 mastermind sentenced to life in prison

    Unfortunately he will be eligible (not saying he necessarily get it) for parole in 2016. While he will be subjected to monitoring for the rest of his life he may still be out.

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    Re: Toronto 18 mastermind sentenced to life in prison

    It is to be hoped that Canada will not give in to wooly headed liberalism and release this guy.

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    Re: Toronto 18 mastermind sentenced to life in prison

    I agree however that's completely up to the Parole Board (which here in Canada are appointed, not elected) and how they choose to interpret / enforce the release restrictions in his sentancing.

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