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December 17, 2010 16:50 ET

Public Safety Minister Comments on Decisions by the Ontario Court of Appeals

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Dec. 17, 2010) - The Honourable Vic Toews, Minister of Public Safety, made the following statement about today's decisions by the Court of Appeal for Ontario.

"Today's decisions by the Ontario Court of Appeal send a clear message that Canada does not tolerate terrorist activity. Our government remains unwavering in its commitment to protect the safety and security of Canadian families."

The panel of Ontario Appeal judges has:

  • increased the sentence of Mr. Momin Khawaja from 10.5 years in addition to time served in pre-trial custody to life imprisonment, the maximum penalty under the law. Mr. Khawaja was the first person ever charged under the Criminal Code for terrorism related offences for his role in a terrorist bomb plot;
  • increased the sentences of Saad Khalid to 20 years from 14, and of Saad Gaya to 18 years from 12;
  • denied Zakaria Amara's appeal of his life sentence; and
  • held that terrorism-related provisions in the Criminal Code do not infringe the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

"Terrorism poses a serious threat to Canada's national security," added Minister Toews. "I would also like to commend the law enforcement and intelligence agencies that have worked on these cases and played a key role in helping to ensure their successful outcome."

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