The remaining member of the so-called Toronto 18 terror group charged in connection with the bomb plot was found guilty on Thursday in a Brampton court.

The ruling now sets the stage for defence counsel to argue that Shareef Abdelhaleem was entrapped by a police agent who infiltrated the homegrown cell.

The 34-year-old Mississauga man was charged with knowingly participating in a terrorist group and intending to cause an explosion that was likely to cause serious bodily harm or death.

The defence elected to call no evidence on the issue of guilt or innocence.

Abdelhaleem is scheduled to testify in his own defence as part of the entrapment motion, which is scheduled to begin Monday.

Also expected to take the stand is Abdelhaleem’s father, who court heard is alleged to have issued a fatwa, or religious ruling, assuring his son it was Islamically correct to launch a terrorist attack in Canada.

Abdelhaleem was among four people charged in the summer of 2006 with an explosives plot targeting the Toronto Stock Exchange, the Front Street office of Canada’s spy agency and a military base.

Abdelhaleem was the only one of the bomb plot to stand trial, forcing a former friend turned informant to come out of the witness protection program and testify for the first time.

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