CROWN TAKES STEPS TO APPEAL GAYA SENTENCE

OTTAWA – February 15, 2010 – The Public Prosecution Service of Canada today announced that it has filed a notice of appeal of the sentencing decision in the case of Saad Gaya.

The PPSC is seeking leave to appeal to the Ontario Court of Appeal regarding the sentence of 12 years, which was imposed on January 18, 2010.

On September 28, 2009, Mr. Gaya, 22, 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.83.2 of the Criminal Code.

The decision to appeal is guided by policy outlined in the Federal Prosecution Service Deskbook, which is a public document.

NOTE: Publication bans continue to be in effect in this matter.

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