Canada appeals "Toronto 18" man's 14-year sentence

Wed Sep 30, 2009 4:15pm EDT
 
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TORONTO (Reuters) - Canada's public prosecutor is appealing a 14-year jail sentence given to "Toronto 18" member Saad Khalid, who pleaded guilty in May to plotting to bomb Canadian targets in 2006.

One of a group of 14 men and 4 youths arrested in a police sting in 2006, Khalid was sentenced earlier this month, and was given credit for seven years of the sentence due to time spent in pretrial custody.

Police say the "Toronto 18" group planned to set off truck bombs at Toronto-area targets in a plot to get Canada to withdraw troops from Afghanistan.

"The (prosecutor) is seeking to appeal to the Ontario Court of Appeal regarding the sentence of seven years (for Khalid) in addition to time served," the prosecution service said in a statement.

Khalid is one of three to plead guilty in the case, while another was found guilty last year and released on time served.

Charges against seven members of the group have been stayed, while seven have yet to go on trial.

(Reporting by Cameron French; editing by Peter Galloway)