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Aaron Yoon, a Canadian who traveled to North Africa in 2011 to join al Qaeda-linked fighters, arrived back in Canada after serving an 18-month sentence in Mauritania. Two of his Canadian high school classmates who had also become jihadists died during the siege of the In Amenas gas facility in Algeria in January.
A government audit found that over $280,000 raised for needy Canadians by the Mississauga-based Islamic Society of North America was sent instead to the Pakistan-based Relief Organization for Kashmiri Muslims, whose directors are linked to Jamaat-e-Islami's militant activities in Kashmir and to the Hizbul Mujahideen, a terrorist group. The audit also found a number of financial irregularities in the Society's operations.
Chiheb Esseghaier, who along with Raed Jaser is being tried in Canada for the Via rail terror plot, wants sealed evidence in the case to be made public except for that on "private life inside the home." Some of the sealed information deals with witness identities and wiretaps.
Justice Minister Nicholson has indicated that Canada intends to extradite Sayfildin Tahir Sharif a.k.a. Faruq Khalil Muhammad Isa to the US to face trial on charges related to a suicide bombing in 2009 that killed five US soldiers at an Iraqi checkpoint. Mohamed Harkat, an Algerian-Canadian accused of being an al Qaeda sleeper agent, is challenging restrictions imposed on him by Canada's "security certificate" program; on July 17 his electronic monitoring bracelet was removed. The Supreme Court plans to convene a secret session in October to review Canadian intelligence files on the transmittal of information about Harakat.
Prosecutors charged John Nuttall and Amanda Korody with conspiring to commit murder and cause grievous harm in a public place for a terrorist group, knowingly facilitating terrorist activity, and making or possessing an explosive substance for a terrorist group. The al Qaeda-inspired pair, who were arrested after a five-month investigation involving wiretapping and an undercover operation, will next appear in court in August.
The case of Canada Day terror suspects John Stewart Nuttall and Amanda Korody is being moved to the British Columbia Supreme Court; the couple's lawyer alleged that the case has elements of entrapment. Police opened a criminal probe into the recent fiery freight train crash in Lag Megantic, Quebec, and said it is unlikely to involve terrorism. So far the explosion killed 15 people; 35 more are missing.
Authorities disrupted an al Qaeda-inspired terror plot that targeted the British Columbia Legislature in Victoria during Canada Day celebrations yesterday. Canadian citizens John Stewart Nuttall and his wife Amanda Marie Korody, of Surrey, B.C., were arrested after a five-month investigation and face terror charges for planning to detonate three pressure cooker bombs outside the Legislature building. Last week, Canadian authorities filed terror charges against al Qaeda-linked jihadist commander Mokhar Belmokhtar and codefendant Oumar Hamaha, a Malian, for the 2008 kidnapping of Canadian diplomats Robert Fowler and Louis Guay.