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Final arguments begin in BC terrorism trial with focus on 'spiritual guidance'

Last Updated Jun 6, 2016 at 12:36 pm PDT

John Nuttall and Amanda Korody are shown in a still image taken from RCMP undercover video. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-RCMP

Closing arguments have begun over whether Nuttall and Korody were manipulated into planting explosives at the leg

VANCOUVER – The lawyer for a man found guilty of plotting to bomb the British Columbia legislature says spiritual guidance offered by undercover police officers lies at the heart of the entrapment case.

Closing arguments have begun in BC Supreme Court over whether John Nuttall and Amanda Korody were manipulated into planting explosives on the legislature lawn during Canada Day in 2013.

The pair was arrested three years ago following an elaborate undercover sting operation.

Nuttall’s lawyer, Marilyn Sandford, says police took it upon themselves to provide spiritual guidance and did so in a way that dismissed the concerns her client repeatedly raised over committing violence in the name of Islam.

A jury found Nuttall and Korody guilty of conspiring to commit a terrorism act last June.

The judge in the case put the convictions on hold to allow Nuttall and Korody’s lawyers to argue that their clients had been entrapped by police.