Released and then picked up again, see follow up story below! kh
Former Surrey residents John Nuttall and Amanda Korody have had their terrorism convictions overturned for planting inert pressure cooker bombs on the B.C. legislature grounds.
B.C. Supreme Court Justice Catherine Bruce on Friday confirmed defence arguments the pair were entrapped by a sophisticated, five-month RCMP undercover operation involving more than 240 officers.
Justice Bruce said the sting was an abuse of process and overturned last year’s guilty verdict that concluded that the couple were manipulated into planting devices during 2013 Canada Day celebrations with the hope of slaughtering as many celebrants and first responders as possible.
Nuttall sat in court looking pensive before the hearing and gave his mother Maureen Smith a wan smile.
Wearing a black head scarf and a baggy dark green track suit, Korody sat outside the prisoner’s dock on a swivel chair taking notes.
Although it was a terrorism trial, security was light and the proceedings were not conducted in one of the downtown Law Courts’ high security court rooms.
Justice Bruce read a summary of her decision the defence claims of police misconduct.
The RCMP sting was triggered by warnings from the Canadian Security and Intelligence service.
“They were marginalized people with no skill,” the judge said. “Their role in carrying out the plan was minuscule.”
“This was a clear case of police manufactured crime,” Justice Bruce said denouncing police conduct.
“The defendants were the foot soldiers while the undercover officer was the leader of the group….the role police played is even more offensive because they violated the criminal code.”
“The world has enough terrorists, we do not need the police to create more,” Justice Bruce said.
The RCMP conduct was so egregious she added that allowing the convictions to stand would tarnish the administration of justice.
Ian Mulgrew, Postmedia News
It seems the RCMP or Vancouver Police are NOT listening and doing their own BS thing, probably pissed about how all this did NOT go as Nimrods planned! We need to pay attention as THIS PHOTO is old and the one RCMP staged! kh
Police and justice officials confirm John Nuttall and Amanda Koroday have been re-arrested and are in custody.
The pair had just been freed Friday morning, after a B.C. Supreme Court judge entered a stay of proceedings in their terror plot case, overturning their convictions.
The common law couple was found guilty by a jury of conspiring to murder persons unknown and making or possessing an explosive substance for planting pressure cooker bombs outside the B.C. Legislature in 2013. Both were facing a sentence of life in prison.
In her ruling, Justice Catherine Bruce said police went too far and used trickery and subterfuge to manipulate the pair. She also said the two did not have the mental capacity to have planned and carried out the plot themselves.
UPDATE: RCMP Released them after making them sign a Peace Bond as per Bill C51, the one Harper had written!
Lets get rid of that piece of war monger paper!
More to come