DECISIONS RELEASED FROM THE ONTARIO COURT OF APPEAL

TORONTO – December 17, 2010 – The Ontario Court of Appeal today released decisions on sentence appeals for three members of a Toronto group convicted of terrorism-related offences.

In the case of Saad Khalid, 24, the Court allowed the Crown’s appeal and increased his sentence to 20 years imprisonment. On September 3, 2009, he was sentenced to 14 years in prison after pleading guilty to one count of intending to cause an explosion that was likely to cause serious bodily harm or death for the benefit of, at the direction of or in association with a terrorist group contrary to s. 83.2 of the Criminal Code.

In the case of Saad Gaya, 23, the Court allowed the Crown’s appeal and increased his sentence to 18 years imprisonment. On January 18, 2010, he was sentenced to 12 years after pleading guilty to one count of intending to cause an explosion that was likely to cause serious bodily harm or death for the benefit of, at the direction of or in association with terrorist group, contrary to s. 83.2 of the Criminal Code.

In the case of Zakaria Amara, 25, the Court dismissed the defence appeal. He will continue to serve his original sentence of life imprisonment imposed by the Ontario Superior Court on January 18, 2010, after he pleaded guilty to two counts of terrorism-related offences under sections 81(1)(a) and 83.18(1) of the Criminal Code.

The Court of Appeal stated that terrorism is a crime like no other. The Court has indicated that individuals who threaten our peaceful and democratic society by plotting to kill innocent citizens for ideological causes will receive sentences that reflect the gravity of their crimes.

The PPSC is responsible for prosecuting offences under federal jurisdiction in a manner that is free of any improper influence and that respects the public interest. The PPSC is also responsible for providing prosecution-related advice to law enforcement agencies across Canada.

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