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March 12, 2009 15:42 ET

Statement: Minister Van Loan Responds to Khawaja Sentencing

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - March 12, 2009) - The Honourable Peter Van Loan, Minister of Public Safety, made the following statement in response to the sentencing of Mr. Momin Khawaja to ten-and-a-half years, in addition to time served. Mr. Khawaja was sentenced for six offences under the Criminal Code, five of which relate to terrorist activity.

"This case was the first ever charged under the Anti-terrorism Act. This successful prosecution under the Act sends a clear message that Canada does not tolerate terrorist activity and works vigorously to prevent terrorist attacks and prosecute terrorist offenders.

I would like to congratulate the prosecution team and the investigators who worked on this case.

We have also introduced legislation today to reinstate the Investigative Hearing and the Recognizance with Conditions provisions of the Criminal Code, important elements of the Government of Canada's overall counter-terrorism strategy.

The Government of Canada continues to demonstrate its unwavering commitment to protect Canadians and contribute to the global fight against terrorism."

For further information on the proposed legislation:

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