Toronto 18 mem­ber granted day pa­role

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - CANADA - The Cana­dian Press

An ex­pert on ter­ror­ism and de­rad­i­cal­iza­tion said a Toronto 18 mem­ber’s release on day pa­role could act as a bench­mark for years to come. Kent Roach, law pro­fes­sor and co-au­thor of a book on Canada’s anti-ter­ror­ism pol­icy, said the string of con­di­tions at­tached to Saad Gaya’s day pa­role might serve as a tem­plate for other con­victed ter­ror­ists granted some form of pa­role from prison. “This is an is­sue that is go­ing to re­oc­cur over the next decade,’’ he said. “Al­though some con­victed ter­ror­ists have been sen­tenced to life im­pris­on­ment, many oth­ers have not.’’ “The is­sue of whether they have been re­ha­bil­i­tated is some­thing we will see more and more,’’ he added. Gaya, now 28, is serv­ing time af­ter plead­ing guilty to par­tic­i­pat­ing in a plot to bomb three Toronto tar­gets, in­clud­ing the Toronto Stock Ex­change, in protest of Canada’s mil­i­tary in­volve­ment in Afghanistan. The for­mer science stu­dent at Hamil­ton’s McMaster Univer­sity was ar­rested in 2006 while un­load­ing a de­liv­ery truck filled with three tonnes of bags marked am­mo­nium ni­trate fer­til­izer. He was orig­i­nally sen­tenced in 2010 to 12 years in prison, and an ap­peal court in­creased that to 18 years. On Wed­nes­day, Gaya was de­nied full pa­role, but was granted up to six months of day pa­role, which will al­low him to at­tend school and work in the com­mu­nity. But he must re­turn to a com­mu­nity-based res­i­den­tial fa­cil­ity at night. Ac­cord­ing to the Pa­role Board of Canada de­ci­sion ob­tained by The Cana­dian Press, Gaya plans on pur­su­ing a mas­ter’s de­gree.

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