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B.C. man accused of terrorism said he converted to Islam for 'jihad': trial

In this artist's sketch, John Nuttall (left) and Amanda Korody appear in court in Vancouver, Monday. Feb.2, 2015.
Image Credit: THE CANADIAN PRESS/Felicty Don
February 11, 2015 - 1:22 PM

VANCOUVER - The trial of a British Columbia man accused of plotting to bomb the provincial legislature on Canada Day has seen video of him saying he converted to Islam because he wanted to fight.

John Nuttall and Amanda Korody were arrested in July 2013 and are now on trial for several terrorism-related offences.

An undercover RCMP officer posing as an Arab businessman befriended Nuttall, and many of their conversations were captured in video and audio recordings.

In a video from early June 2013, Nuttall tells the officer he embraced Islam because he wanted justice and was inspired by what he viewed as the courage of the 9/11 hijackers.

Nuttall says he wanted to pursue jihad even before he converted and that one of his first questions about his new religion was: "Where is my gun?"

But Nuttall says every mosque he went to shunned him and his interest in violence, with some even calling police.

News from © The Canadian Press, 2015
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