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Judge to rule tomorrow in BC Legislature terrorism case

(RCMP Handout)
Summary

The pair have been convicted but their crimes haven't been registered while a judge decides if they were entrapped

The defence claims undercover Mounties acted on unreasonable suspicions

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – A young couple found guilty of terrorism-related charges will be in BC Supreme Court in Vancouver tomorrow morning to learn if they will be sentenced for the crimes or walk free.

John Nuttall and Amanda Korody have been convicted of planting what they thought were bombs at the BC legislature three years ago but the convictions haven’t been registered while a judge decides if the couple was entrapped by police.

Defence lawyers say undercover RCMP officers acted on unreasonable suspicions to exploit the vulnerable pair and force them to plan terrorist crimes, but the Crown says police were responding to concerns about a man planning a possible holy war.

The Crown agrees the judge faces a difficult decision pitting public safety against police tactics, while anti-terrorism expert Kent Roach says if Nuttall and Korody are cleared, it will be the first terrorism case in North America to end in an entrapment verdict.