*** Mr. Dirie is similarly, not surprised with the ruling. I am unaware of any in-house prison rehabilitation program for convicted terrorists and in the absence of such, it is difficult to measure the degree of change and security in the belief that a threat no longer remains. In light of the fact that prisons are nodes of radicalization, such programs serve as a vital component of the way in which enlightened societies deal with this problem. Canada, disturbingly, has no plan in place to address this problem. MS ***
A member of the so-called Toronto 18 terrorist cell has been denied parole and will remain behind bars.
The National Parole Board says Ali Dirie shows a persistent pattern of violent behaviour and, if released, he would likely harm others.
The 27-year-old Mr. Dirie appeared before the board on Monday and vowed he'd changed his ways.
But in a decision issued today, Mr. Dirie was ordered to stay behind bars for the remainder of his sentence, which runs out next October.
Mr. Dirie was among 18 people arrested in 2006, for plotting to cause bloodshed and panic in Canada by bombing nuclear power plants and RCMP headquarters and attacking Parliament.
Mr. Dirie was originally arrested on other offences in 2005 and, later, was sentenced to seven years for his role in the terrorist plot.
He will remain in the Special Handling Unit in Quebec, Canada's highest super-maximum security prison reserved for the worst offenders.