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Cablegate: Credit for Pre-Trial Confinement Lightens Second "Toronto

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STATE FOR S/CT

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TAGS: PGOV PTER PINR CA
SUBJECT: CREDIT FOR PRE-TRIAL CONFINEMENT LIGHTENS SECOND "TORONTO
18" CONVICTION

REF: Toronto 106

1. (U) Saad Khalid, a 23-year-old Toronto-area man accused of
participating in the 2005 Toronto 18 terrorism plot, and the first
of the group to be tried as an adult, was given a sentence of 14
years on September 3.

2. (SBU) Superior Court Justice Bruno Durno found that as an active
member and recruiter for the group, Khalid played an integral part
in the terror plot. However, even with that finding, the justice
granted Khalid double credit for time awaiting trial since June
2006, reducing the potential remaining time to be served to seven
years. Khalid will be eligible for parole in two years.

3. (SBU) Khalid is the first of the "Toronto 18" terrorist group to
plead guilty and is the second to be sentenced. The first man
sentenced is a 21-year-old whose name is still under a court-ordered
publication ban initially imposed because of his status as a minor
at the time of arrest. He was sentenced in May 2009 to two and a
half years in prison and three years probation. After also
receiving double credit for his pre-trial detention, he was released
for time served. Trials for the remaining nine members of the group
are scheduled for next year.

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