Canadian court hikes terrorists' sentences

December 18, 2010 01:00
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TORONTO — A Canadian court increased the sentences Friday for three convicted Islamic terrorists and ordered the extradition of two Sri Lankan men facing terrorism-related charges in the US in a series of judgments.

The Ontario Court of Appeal raised the sentence of Mohammed Momin Khawaja from 10 1/2 years to life in prison for participating in an al-Qaida-inspired plot to bomb British targets in 2004. Khawaja must now serve at least 10 years before being eligible to apply for parole.

The 31-year-old Canadian was accused of collaborating with a group of Britons in a thwarted 2004 plot to attack London's Ministry of Sound nightclub, a shopping center and electrical and gas facilities. The suspects were all of Pakistani descent.

Khawaja was convicted of five charges under Canada's terrorism laws, including financing training at a camp in Pakistan and providing a house and other assistance to his five conspirators in Britain — all of whom received life sentences after being convicted by a British court.

The appellate judges said Friday that the original trial judge who sentenced Khawaja had seriously underestimated his fanaticism and the role model he could become for future jihadists.

"He was obsessed with the cause, fanatic in his determination to establish Islamic dominance, seemingly at any cost, and eager to assist in bringing about the destruction of Western culture and civilization," the judges wrote. "The trial judge ought to have found that the appellant continues to pose a serious threat to society and is likely to do so for the indefinite future.

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