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Bail for terror suspect loosened

A federal court has relaxed some bail conditions of Toronto terrorismsuspect Mahmoud Jaballah, loosening round-the-clock supervision byallowing him to remain at home alone for up to six hours on weekdays.

A federal court has relaxed some bail conditions of Toronto terrorism suspect Mahmoud Jaballah, loosening round-the-clock supervision by allowing him to remain at home alone for up to six hours on weekdays.

Justice Eleanor Dawson also extended his curfew and paved the way to letting Jaballah attend his son’s wedding this summer. Although it was premature to rule on whether he can attend the ceremony, “as a matter of principle, every effort should be made to permit this,” Dawson ruled.

That ruling, released Friday, also lets Jaballah’s children use a video-gaming system at home, provided certain conditions are met, such as not connecting it to the Internet.

The judge also upheld the right of the Canada Border Services Agency to conduct “overt surveillance” on Jaballah while he is out in public with his family.

The ruling came days after a judge agreed to send accused terrorist Mohammad Mahjoub back to jail after Mahjoub said he prefers life behind bars to the harassment by investigators his family faced while he was on bail.

But Jaballah’s lawyer, Barbara Jackman, had requested Jaballah be allowed to stay home without a supervising surety round the clock, which would have permitted his wife to work full time.

“(The court) is not going to let him stay at home alone long enough for her to have a full-time job,” Jackman said.

 
 
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