Canadian man set to be tried under new terror law

Fri Jun 20, 2008 12:50pm EDT
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OTTAWA (Reuters) - The first Canadian to be tried under a tough anti-terror law goes to court on Monday in Ottawa to face seven charges that he planned terror acts in Britain and Canada.

Software developer Momin Khawaja, 29, faces life in prison if found guilty. Khawaja, who pleaded not guilty to all the charges, was arrested in March 2004 and has been in jail ever since.

British police named Khawaja as a co-conspirator in the case of five men who were jailed for life last year for plotting bomb attacks on targets across Britain, ranging from nightclubs to trains and a shopping center.

Although British authorities said Khawaja provided technical help with detonators, they did not charge him.

The Canadian trial, which is being held before a judge but no jury, is expected to last around four months. Police say security will be very tight around the Ottawa courthouse where the trial is taking place.

(Reporting by David Ljunggren; editing by Rob Wilson)