A Toronto man who admitted he procured weapons, arranged false travel documents and tried to recruit extremists for a domestic terrorist group that planned bloody attacks on Canadian targets deserves a seven-year prison term, a judge heard from the Crown yesterday.
In an agreed statement of facts, the Crown told court how Ali Dirie, who had pleaded guilty Monday, was close to the alleged co-leader of the so-called Toronto 18 and continued his role in the conspiracy even while incarcerated. Justice Bruce Durno convicted Dirie, 26, of one count of taking part in and helping a terrorist group.
That makes Dirie the third person now convicted in the plot to bomb Canadian targets such as RCMP headquarters and attack Parliament and take hostages. The Crown stayed a second charge of committing an offence for the group — dubbed the Toronto 18 because of the number of people arrested in the summer of 2006.