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Khawaja’s lawyer seeks an appeal

A lawyer for an Ottawa man who became the first person sentenced under Canada’s Anti-terrorism Act said he will appeal his conviction, CBC News Online reports.

A lawyer for an Ottawa man who became the first person sentenced under Canada’s Anti-terrorism Act said he will appeal his conviction, CBC News Online reports.

Lawrence Greenspon served notice Thursday asking the Ontario Court of Appeal to overturn a finding that his client, Momin Khawaja, aided a group of British extremists.

Greenspon suggested the groundbreaking nature of the case meant the legal terrain was not well defined, and that there were gaps in the evidence during the trial last year.

“Our trial judge, of course, was dealing with many of these issues for the first time in a Canadian courtroom, and it wasn’t easy,” he said.

Khawaja, 29, was sentenced to 10½ years at a Quebec prison for financing and facilitating terrorism last month after being convicted last Octorber.

 
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