Canada couple freed in terror entrapment case swiftly rearrested

Fri Jul 29, 2016 7:58pm EDT
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By Julie Gordon

VANCOUVER (Reuters) - A Canadian judge freed a couple found guilty of planting homemade bombs at a crowded Canada Day holiday party in 2013, saying on Friday the "unsophisticated" pair were entrapped by police who themselves broke the law in their sting operation.

But the pair were quickly re-arrested under a peace bond, one of their lawyers said, a type of order related to the possibility that they may commit a terrorism offence.

The peace bond would make the couple subject to release conditions for up to twelve months, lawyer Mark Jette told Reuters, adding the couple had since been released on bail and would be challenging the order.

Earlier on Friday, British Columbia Supreme Court Justice Catherine Bruce ruled the RCMP manipulated the "unsophisticated" couple into carrying out a plot, saying that they did not have the mental capacity to plan on their own.

It was the first time in Canada that entrapment had been used successfully as a defense in a case involving terrorism charges.

John Nuttall and Amanda Korody were arrested in 2013, just hours after they dropped off homemade pressure cooker bombs filled with nuts, bolts and rusty nails on the steps of the legislature in Victoria, the provincial capital, ahead of national day celebrations.

The couple was found guilty of numerous terrorism-related charges last year, after a months-long undercover sting operation by the RCMP. Their conviction was not registered as defense lawyers argued that police had entrapped their clients.

Lawyers for the pair did not immediately respond to calls from Reuters.   Continued...

John Nuttall and Amanda Korody embrace after a Supreme Court judge ordered the release of the Canadian couple found guilty of planting pressure cooker bombs at a crowded Canada Day holiday party, saying the pair were entrapped in a police sting operation, outside of the law courts in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, July 29, 2016. REUTERS/Ben Nelms