The trial of a young terrorism suspect has resumed after he agreed to respect the court and abandon his claim that only sharia law could judge him.

The 20-year-old shocked a Brampton court last Tuesday by firing his lawyer and declaring, “I’m gone. I’m done from this.

“I’m only practising my faith here,” he told the judge.


“In Islam we’re not supposed to follow any law other than sharia law, that’s it.”

The accused cannot be identified since he was a youth when he was arrested in 2006 as part of an alleged “homegrown” terrorist cell now known as the “Toronto 18.”

The youth’s lawyer told the court yesterday his client had reconsidered, and agreed to be represented by a lawyer.

“He realizes after consultation and serious consideration he had made a mistake,” Mitchell Chernovsky said.

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