WHAT THE HELL IS WRONG WITH THIS JUDGE? NOT TO MENTION THE FAMILY…PERHAPS THE RCMP SHOULD BE HAVING A CLOSER LOOK AT AHMED’S FAMILY?
Justice of Peace grants bail to Ottawa man charged with terrorism offences
By Andrew Seymour
OTTAWA — The first of three Canadian men accused in connection with an alleged homegrown terrorist plot has been granted bail.
The reasons for Justice of the Peace Louisette Girault’s decision to release Misbahuddin Ahmed, 26, on a $645,000 combination of cash and bond are covered by a routine publication ban on bail hearings.
Ahmed must now reside with his in-laws in Ste. Justine, Que. and cannot leave unless accompanied by one of his six sureties. He may not use the Internet or a computer, cell phone or pager, and must surrender his passport to the RCMP and not possess travel documents.
Ahmed may also not have contact with his two co-accused as well as 17 other people the judge named, or any member of a terrorist group. He also cannot possess explosives or other weapons, must remain in Quebec or Ontario at all times and seek permission from federal prosecutors for any financial transactions more than $500.
He was released on a $20,000 cash bail.
His father- and mother-in-law, Tareq Amro and Beverley Lang, posted $300,000 bond, along with his father, Taqihuddin Ahmed, who also posted a $300,000 bond. His pregnant wife, Alya Amro, and two brother-in-laws posted $25,000 bond combined.
The bonds would only be paid if he violated his conditions.
Ahmed, an X-ray technologist from the Civic campus of The Ottawa Hospital, showed no emotion except to very slightly nod his head when Girault granted him bail.
Ahmed, seated between two RCMP tactical officers and wearing a dark blue collared shirt with vertical stripes, kept his arms crossed, staring intently at Girault.
When he returned to court a short time later to hear his conditions, the RCMP officers were gone. He only spoke to say he understood the conditions.
Girault’s decision followed a day and a half of evidence and arguments at a bail hearing that began Sept. 15.
His lawyer, Mark Ertel, said outside of court that Girault made the “right decision.”
The decision to release Ahmed comes one day before a bail hearing for another of the terror accused, Khurram Syed Sher. The 28-year-old London, Ont. doctor’s bail hearing is expected to take three days.
A third man, the alleged ringleader Hiva Alizadeh, 30, is next scheduled to appear in court Thursday. He has yet to request a bail hearing.
The three men are accused of conspiring to facilitate “terrorist activity” between February 2008 and Aug. 24 this year.
Alleged co-conspirators include at least three other people who have been named, but not indicted, plus other unknown people in Canada, Iran, Afghanistan, Dubai and Pakistan.
The alleged plot was in its early planning stages and “months” away from being operationally viable, the RCMP said shortly after the arrests.
Ahmed and Alizadeh are also facing charges related to possessing or making explosives to help a terrorist group.
Alizadeh alone is charged with making available property or financing to benefit a terrorist group.