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December 23, 2010 21:24 ET

The Government of Canada Lists Al Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula as a Terrorist Entity

Listing coincides with completion of two year review of list of terrorist entities

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Dec. 23, 2010) - The Honourable Vic Toews, Canada's Minister of Public Safety, today announced that the Government of Canada has listed Al Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula as a terrorist group, effective December 23, 2010, pursuant to the Criminal Code of Canada. The Minister of Public Safety also announced that the two year review of the Criminal Code list of terrorist entities has been completed, and that the Governor in Council has accepted his recommendation that the 42 entities currently listed should remain on the list. 

"Today we are sending a powerful message that Canada will not be a safe haven for terror. The Government of Canada will not stand idly by while terrorists spread their radical message of violence and hate around the world, including to Canadian youth" said Minister Toews. "Terrorism is a truly despicable crime, and those who support it need to know that they will face serious consequences. Listing terrorist entities facilitates the prosecution of supporters of terrorism and helps to counter the financing of terrorist activities."

The decision to list Al Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula was made in accordance with the legal threshold set out in the Criminal Code. The Government found reasonable grounds to believe that the entity has knowingly participated in or facilitated a terrorist activity or is knowingly acting on behalf of, at the direction of, or in association with such an entity. More specifically, Al Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula recently claimed responsibility for the attempt to ship explosives hidden in ink cartridges on cargo planes destined to Chicago from Yemen, and was also linked to the foiled attempt to blow up a plane bound for Detroit on December 25, 2009.

Listing carries significant consequences. One immediate impact of listing is that the entity's assets are frozen and can be subject to future seizure and restraint, and even forfeiture. It is a crime to knowingly participate in or contribute to the activities of a listed terrorist entity.

Penalties for offences are set out in section 83 of the Criminal Code and may include fines of up to $100,000 or up to ten years imprisonment. The Criminal Code includes full details of the relevant offences.

The names of listed entities under the Criminal Code can be found on the Public Safety Canada Web site at under National Security, Listed Entities.

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