AMARA PLEADS GUILTY TO TERRORISM OFFENCES

OTTAWA – October 8, 2009 – Zakaria Amara, one of the accused in Project Osage entered, today, a guilty plea in the Ontario Superior Court, to one count of knowingly participating in or contributing to, directly or indirectly, any activity of a terrorist group for the purpose of enhancing the ability of the terrorist group to facilitate or carry out a terrorist activity, thereby committing an offence contrary to section 83.18(1) of the Criminal Code.

He also pleaded guilty to one count of committing an indictable offence in association with a terrorist group, namely doing anything with intent to cause an explosion that was likely to cause serious bodily harm or death or was likely to cause serious damage to property contrary to s.81(1)(a) of the Criminal Code.

An agreed statement of facts was filed with the court. Sentencing submissions will be made at a later date.

Mr. Amara has been in custody since his arrest on June 2, 2006.

A publication ban continues to prohibit publication of the names of co-accused as well as any information tending to identify the co-accused.

Six adults remain accused in this prosecution.

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