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February 17, 2010 20:25 ET

Statement: Public Safety Minister Toews Responds to Namouh Sentencing

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Feb. 17, 2010) - The Honourable Vic Toews, Minister of Public Safety, made the following statement in response to the sentencing of Mr. Said Namouh to life in prison. Mr. Namouh was sentenced for four offences under the Criminal Code, all of which relate to terrorist activity, including conspiracy to deliver, discharge or detonate an explosive or lethal device in a public place; participation in the activities of a terrorist group; facilitating terrorist activities; and extortion for the benefit, at the direction and in association with a terrorist group.

"This prosecution demonstrates that we are successful in preventing and disrupting terrorist plots. Canada will continue to vigorously pursue those who engaged in acts of terrorism," said Minister Toews. "Our government remains unwavering in its commitment to protecting Canadians and contributing to the global fight against terrorism."

The Anti-terrorism Act is important for protecting the security of Canadians against the threat of terrorism, while at the same time protecting their rights and freedoms. The Government of Canada remains unwavering in its commitment to give law enforcement the tools they need to safeguard our national security. It will continue to take a comprehensive approach as it strives to have the best tools in place to keep Canadians safe.

In recent years, the government has strengthened its protection of Canadians and enhanced national security by improving interdepartmental coordination and information sharing, international intelligence sharing, training, outreach activities, and consular services. The Government of Canada is committed to continuously evaluating and improving the national security framework.

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