Another accused in Toronto 18 case pleads guilty to terrorist offences
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.