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Supreme Court hears arguments on definition of terrorist activity

Momin Khawaja leaves the Ottawa courthouse under RCMP protection on May 3, 2004. The Supreme Court of Canada is hearing an appeal from the first person convicted under Canada's anti-terror law. Momin Khawaja, a former Ottawa software developer, is serving life in prison with no parole eligibility for 10 years. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Tom Hanson
June 11, 2012 - 10:05 AM

OTTAWA - The Supreme Court of Canada is hearing an appeal from the first person convicted under Canada's anti-terror law.

Momin Khawaja, a former Ottawa software developer, is serving life in prison with no parole eligibility for 10 years.

He was convicted in 2008 of training at a remote camp in Pakistan, providing cash to a group of British extremists, and offences related to building a remote-control device to set off explosions.

Khawaja's appeal is focused on the legal definition of what constitutes "terrorist activity."

His lawyers are arguing that the law is unconstitutional because it violates his right to express political and religious views.

The high court is also hearing another terrorism case in conjunction with Khawaja's, involving two men wanted in the United States on terrorism charges relating to the banned Tamil Tigers organization.

News from © The Canadian Press, 2012
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