R. v. ABDELHALEEM

OTTAWA – February 16, 2010 – A sentencing date for Shareef Abdelhaleem, 34, will be set on February 19, 2010 in Ontario Superior Court for his role in a terrorist plot to bomb Toronto.

The Court ruled that he was not induced or persuaded by the government agent to commit the crimes for which he was found guilty on January 21, 2010.

He was found guilty of one 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, or in association with a terrorist group, thereby committing an offence contrary to section 83.2 of the Criminal Code. This offence carries a maximum sentence of life in prison.

He was also found guilty of one count of knowingly participating 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. This offence carries a maximum penalty of ten years in prison.

Shareef Abdelhaleem has been in custody since his arrest on June 2, 2006. He has 30 days to decide whether he will appeal this decision.

Court-ordered publication bans continue to be in effect on this matter.

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