An­other ac­cused in Toronto 18 case pleads guilty to ter­ror­ist of­fences

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BRAMPTON, Ont. (CP) — An­other ac­cused in the so-called Toronto 18 ter­ror case pleaded guilty Fri­day to par­tic­i­pat­ing in a ter­ror­ist group, a move that will see him serve one more day be­hind bars.

Jah­maal James, 26, made the sur­prise plea in a Brampton, Ont., court­room.

Hav­ing al­ready served more than three­and-a-half years in pre-trial cus­tody, he was sen­tenced to one day.

Ac­cord­ing to an agreed state­ment of facts, the Mus­lim con­vert trav­elled from Toronto to Pak­istan to ob­tain para­mil­i­tary train­ing in Novem­ber 2005. He hoped to use the train­ing to ben­e­fit a group he had joined that was com- mit­ted to fur­ther­ing the cause of vi­o­lent ji­had in Canada.

“How­ever, while in Pak­istan James came down with a se­ri­ous med­i­cal con­di­tion that lim­ited his health and mo­bil­ity,” the state­ment reads. “This dis­rupted the plan.” Crown pros­e­cu­tor James Wakely said that the Crown “does not al­lege that James ac­tu­ally re­ceived para­mil­i­tary train­ing.”

Court heard he sev­ered ties with the group be­fore his ar­rest on June 2, 2006.

Ac­cord­ing to the state­ment, James be­came “dis­grun­tled by the reck­less man­ner” in which the Toronto ter­ror group was be­ing led.

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