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Crown asks for 7-year sentence in terror case

A Toronto man who admitted he procured weapons, arranged false traveldocuments and tried to recruit extremists for a domestic terroristgroup that planned bloody attacks on Canadian targets deserves aseven-year prison term, a judge heard from the Crown yesterday.

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.

 
 
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