Ter­ror­ist aimed to kill ‘small Jews’ to save them from hell: trial

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - CANADA - THE CANA­DIAN PRESS

A woman found guilty of help­ing to mas­ter­mind a ter­ror­ist bomb plot wanted to in­fil­trate a syn­a­gogue and kill “small Jews’’ to save the chil­dren from go­ing to hell, a court has heard.

Po­lice notes pre­sented in B.C. Supreme Court on Mon­day re­counted Amanda Korody’s hus­band John Nut­tall telling an un­der­cover of­fi­cer that his wife be­lieved she would be do­ing Jewish chil­dren a favour by send­ing them to par­adise, since she be­lieved “grown-up Jews’’ go to “eter­nal hell’’ when they die.

“I asked Nut­tall how he thinks he will have ac­cess to Jewish kids and he said they were both white and could pass for Jewish,’’ Crown lawyer Sharon Steele read from the un­der­cover RCMP of­fi­cer’s notes, dated from March 2013.

“They will be reg­u­lars in the syn­a­gogue. They will gain the trust of ev­ery­body. And once they have ev­ery­thing they will get enough guns and ammo to go ahead with their mis­sion.’’

Nut­tall ac­knowl­edged that Jewish chil­dren were non-com­bat­ants but ex­plained that they would be raised to hate Arabs and Mus­lims, wrote the un­der­cover of­fi­cer. How­ever, Nut­tall even­tu­ally con­ceded that “you never know, they may con­vert (to Is­lam) in their adult­hood.’’

Nut­tall and Korody were found guilty of plot­ting to det­o­nate home­made pres­sure­cooker bombs at the B.C. leg­is­la­ture dur­ing Canada Day cel­e­bra­tions two years ago.

Lawyers for the self-de­scribed Mus­lim con­verts are in court ar­gu­ing that the RCMP en­trapped the pair through an elab­o­rate, months-long un­der­cover sting op­er­a­tion.

The court heard that Canada’s spy agency sent a brief dis­clo­sure let­ter to the RCMP in late 2012, iden­ti­fy­ing Nut­tall as a pos­si­ble threat.

Po­lice had al­ready con­fronted Nut­tall on a num­ber of oc­ca­sions by then, in­clud­ing af­ter his friend re­ported that the sus­pect claimed to have shot a Jewish woman.

RCMP Cpl. Stephen Mathe­son told the court an of­fi­cer in­ter­viewed John Nut­tall, but he de­nied killing any­one.

The of­fi­cer was con­cerned about the rad­i­cal, ji­hadi-style views Nut­tall was ex­press­ing and asked for a men­tal health as­sess­ment on the man, said Mathe­son.

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