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Judge lifts terrorist identification ban

An Ontario Court of Appeal judge has lifted a ban against identifyingthe first person to be convicted in a Toronto terrorism case.

An Ontario Court of Appeal judge has lifted a ban against identifying the first person to be convicted in a Toronto terrorism case.

Nishanthan Yogakrishnan, part of the so-called Toronto 18, was convicted last September of participating in, and contributing to, a terrorist group.

Although 17 at the time of the offences, he was tried as a youth, but received an adult sentence of 21/2 years before being released in May in light of his time served before trial.

Yogakrishnan wanted his identity shielded under the Youth Criminal Justice Act and his lawyers argued publishing his name would hurt his rehabilitation while he appeals.

But Sun Media Group and the CBC argued he was not entitled to privacy because he was sentenced as an adult.

Justice J.A. Epstein, in a ruling released Wednesday, agreed there was no basis for a publication ban.

Yogakrishnan was among 18 people arrested in the summer of 2006.

He was the first person to be convicted under the Anti-Terrorism Act passed in 2001.

At his pre-sentencing hearing, Yogakrishnan maintained he was not violent, and that he wanted to get his life back on track.

Nine other men, including the alleged leaders of the group, are in custody awaiting trial.

The Crown has dropped or stayed charges against seven others.

 
 
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