March 26, 2015 - 5:00 AM
VANCOUVER - As her husband writes out a list of supplies needed to stage a terrorist attack in Victoria, Amanda Korody presses an undercover officer to find someone to look after the couple's cat after they are gone.
"(She's) a beautiful cat, wonderful personality, but obviously under the circumstances we … need to find someone who will care for her," says the accused B.C. terrorist in a covert police recording made in early May 2013 and played before a B.C. Supreme Court jury on Wednesday.
"Preferably a Muslim," adds Korody's partner and co-accused, John Nuttall, prompting the undercover officer to promise he will track down a suitable caretaker.
Nuttall and Korody, who were recent converts to Islam, are on trial for allegedly plotting to detonate homemade pressure-cooker bombs at the provincial legislature during Canada Day festivities in 2013.
But in recordings taken two months before the alleged attack, Nuttall outlines a different plan: to hijack a Via Rail train in Victoria and take the passengers prisoner.
Moments after the cat conversation, Nuttall reveals to an undercover officer his plan to eventually kill all the non-Muslim train hostages, excluding women and children.
"We've got to show the world that we Muslims are not afraid," Nuttall tells the officer, who is posing as an Arab businessman and whose identity is protected.
"I don't want to kill, but fighting has been prescribed upon us, and you may hate a thing but it is good for you, right?"
Nuttall also outlines his demands, which include the release of former Guantanamo Bay prisoner Omar Khadr and that Prime Minister Stephen Harper publicly declare that "Islam is the single greatest threat to national security that Canada has ever faced."
The recording is from a vehicle parked in Whistler, B.C., in which the undercover officer has instructed Nuttall to finish his plan and save it on an encrypted hard drive to hand over to one of his associates.
Included on his list of necessary supplies are steel-toed boots, "Teflon-coated" bullets, "frag" grenades, cell phones, canteens and suicide vests.
Nuttall also lists AK47 assault rifles, which he says the public will recognize from the movies and immediately associate with Islamic terrorism.
"We might not even have to start killing anyone because they will see that and they will know, 'Oh wow, they're not messing around because they're Muslims,'" says Nuttall.
Nuttall and Korody's arrest was the culmination of a months-long undercover RCMP sting operation.
Nuttall previously said he and Korody saw themselves as warriors in a battle between Islam and the western world and that they wanted to avenge what they saw as the mistreatment of Muslims in countries such as Afghanistan.
The pair has pleaded not guilty to four terrorism-related charges.
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