Tuesday, September 28, 2010


*** I want him to spend the rest of his life condemning terrorism: setup a website, post on blogs, speak by video link if you have to, study liberal arts ... all of this will be beneficial to everyone. MS ***

Megan O'Toole September 28, 2010 – 1:24 pm

UPDATE, 1:24 p.m. ET: The judge has reserved sentencing Ahmad until Oct. 25.

The defence is calling for 10 to 12 years of jail time for Fahim Ahmad, the convicted ringleader of the “Toronto 18″ terrorist group.

In delivering sentencing submissions this morning, defence lawyer Dennis Edney painted his client as a self-aggrandizing talker who lacked the means, and the willpower, to cause genuine harm to Canadian citizens.

“At no time… did Mr. Ahmad ever mention a single detail, a real detail of how he intended to carry out any attack,” Mr. Edney said, calling Ahmad “a sad and pathetic young man whose fantasies caused great shame to him.”

Police dismantled the Toronto 18 in June 2006, and the court has since heard details of the homegrown group’s plot to storm Parliament and detonate powerful truck bombs in downtown Toronto.

The proposed defence sentence is substantially lower than the 18-year prison term the Crown has called for. Ahmad faces a maximum life sentence for his role in the terrorist plot.

More to come

Read more: http://news.nationalpost.com/2010/09/28/toronto-18-ringleader-fahim-ahmad-faces-12-years-in-prison/#ixzz10qtstpYv