Acquittal would have been huge victory for Jihadis
TORONTO, Sept. 25 /CNW/ - The Muslim Canadian Congress (MCC) has welcomed
the conviction of a Toronto man accused of belonging to a homegrown terror
cell that was allegedly plotting a deadly attack on Canadians.
In the guilty verdict, Justice John Sproat said he was "satisfied beyond
a reasonable doubt that a terror group existed" and that the Muslim youth
"clearly understood that the camps were training for a terrorist purpose."
The vice president of the MCC, Salma Siddiqui thanked Judge Sproat for
the clarity of the verdict. "Had Justice Sproat found the young man 'not
guilty', such a verdict would have been a huge victory for the world-wide
jihadi movement. This decision should be welcomed by all Muslim Canadians as
it puts an end to the myriad of conspiracy theories being spread within the
community about so-called Islamophobia in CSIS, RCMP and other law enforcement
In welcoming the verdict, Ms. Siddiqui appealed to the court for a
lenient sentencing of the youth if he expresses remorse and distances himself
from Islamist extremism and the Jihadi doctrine. "The young man now needs to
be rehabilitated through the correction system and be made to realize the
folly of the world-wide jihadi enterprise," she added.
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