Monday, February 22, 2010



MONTREAL - The life sentence handed out Wednesday to convicted terrorist Saïd Namouh is being appealed.

Lawyer René Duval said yesterday he plans in the next two weeks to seek leave to challenge the sentence as too severe. Duval alleges that Quebec Court Judge Claude Leblond was wrong in arguing that the crimes committed by by Namouh were comparable with those committed by Zakaria Amara, the main organizer of the so-called Toronto 18.

Amara, sentenced in January to life in prison, admitted to plotting massive bombs at the Toronto Stock Exchange. But Duval argues the cases are not comparable: The Toronto conspirators had purchased explosives and planned the attack in minute details, while Namouh’s conspiracy was “very vague, if at all existent.”