OTTAWA - Canada's Supreme Court on Friday upheld an anti-terrorism law brought in after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks on the United States, ruling unanimously that those who choose to engage in terrorism must "pay a very heavy price."
The law's constitutionality was challenged by Mohammad Momin Khawaja, convicted in Canada of terrorism for involvement with a British group that had plotted unsuccessfully to set off bombs in London. It was also challenged by two men accused of terrorism by the United States for trying to buy missiles or weapons technology for the Sri Lankan Tamil Tigers.
The court rejected arguments that the measure's definition of terrorism was overly broad. It also upheld Khawaja's life sentence and confirmed the orders to extradite the other two to the United States.