R. v. JAMES

OTTAWA – February 26, 2010 – Jahmaal James, 26, was sentenced today in Ontario Superior Court in Brampton for his participation in a terrorist group.

Earlier today, he 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 contrary to section 83.18(1) of the Criminal Code.

According to an agreed statement of facts filed with the court, he was involved with the group at a preliminary stage and played a minor role. While he travelled to Pakistan in 2005 to attend a paramilitary training camp, the Crown does not allege that he actually received any training.

Jahmaal James has been in custody for almost three years and nine months, since his arrest on June 2, 2006. Given the time spent in custody, and taking into account the common court practice of granting additional credit for time served, the sentence amounts to seven years and seven months. In addition, three years' probation has been ordered, as well as a firearm prohibition. The court also ordered the taking of a DNA sample for the creation of a profile that will be stored in the Convicted Offender Index of Canada's DNA databank.

This offence carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison.

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

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