SENTENCE IN R. v. AMARA

OTTAWA – January 18, 2010 – Zakaria Amara, 24, was sentenced today in Ontario Superior Court to life in jail for his role in a terrorist plot to bomb Toronto and nine years for his participation in a terrorist group.

Mr. Amara pleaded guilty on October 8, 2009 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.

He also pleaded guilty 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.

Mr. Amara has 30 days to decide whether he will appeal his sentence.

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

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

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