LIBERALS LOVE THE OPEN DOOR POLICY, SO WHEN TERRORISTS GET IN THEY CAN RAVE ON ABOUT THE RIGHTS AFFORDED TO THEM WHEN THEY’RE ARRESTED FOR PLOTTING TO KILL US….
Ignatieff stresses terror accused are innocent until proven guilty
MASSTOWN, N.S. — Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff says the men arrested last week in connection with a suspected terrorism plot in Ottawa are innocent until proven guilty and have rights that need to be respected.
“It’s very important for the police and CSIS and the RCMP to do their jobs, but it’s also very important to keep that kind of Canadian calm about these matters,” Ignatieff told reporters after visiting a market in Nova Scotia as part of his Liberal Express bus tour Sunday.
“We’ve had threats before, we’ll have them again, and we now need to let the police and the courts, above all the courts, do their work.”
Ignatieff said the last time a group of Canadians were prosecuted for terrorism-related charges, the “Toronto 18,” as they were known, several of them were not convicted.
Seven of the group had their charges dropped, while the remainder all either admitted guilt or were found guilty by a court of law.
“These people are innocent until proven guilty and they have rights as Canadians, and those rights need to be respected,” Ignatieff said.
Ignatieff is touring through several Nova Scotia towns on Sunday before he arrives for the Liberal summer caucus meeting in Baddeck in Cape Breton.
Three Canadian citizens — two from Ottawa, another from London, Ont. — were arrested last week and remain in custody in a police terrorism probe.
The accused face a variety of terrorism charges under the Criminal Code, including conspiring with others who have lived in Canada, Iran, Afghanistan, Dubai and Pakistan, to facilitate “terrorist activity” between February 2008 and Aug. 24.
The two Ottawa suspects — Hiva Alizadeh, 30, an X-ray technologist, and Misbahuddin Ahmed, 26 — appeared in court Thursday. Khurram Syed Sher, 28, a Montreal-born pathologist who once auditioned for Canadian Idol, made a brief appearance Friday.
Hiva Alizadeh, 30, faces a separate charge of making or having an explosive substance — which can include IED components — in his possession with the intent to endanger life or cause serious damage.