SENTENCE IN R. v. KHALID

Ottawa - September 3, 2009 – Saad Khalid was sentenced Thursday in Ontario Superior Court to 14 years in jail for his role in a terrorist plot.

On May 5, 2009, Khalid pleaded guilty to a count of  “doing anything with intent to cause an explosion of an explosive substance that was likely to cause serious bodily harm or death to persons or was likely to cause serious damage to property, contrary to section 81(1)(a) of the Criminal Code, for the benefit of, at the direction of, or in association with a terrorist group... ...thereby committing an offence contrary to section 83.2 of the Criminal Code.

The Public Prosecution Service of Canada, on behalf of the federal Crown, will examine the sentence in the days to come,” said Brian Saunders, Canada’s Director of Public Prosecutions. “It's important to note that nine persons remain accused and that prosecutions are ongoing in this matter.

The Crown has 30 days to decide whether or not it will seek to appeal the sentence.  The decision to appeal is guided by policy outlined in the FPS Deskbook, which is a public document.

The PPSC is responsible for prosecuting offences under more than 50 federal statutes and for providing prosecution-related legal advice to law enforcement agencies.

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