Canadian terror suspect gets life sentence for US embassy bomb plot

[JURIST] A US federal judge on Friday sentenced Mohamed Mansour Jabarah [CBC profile] to life in prison for plotting to bomb US embassies in Singapore and the Philippines [criminal information, PDF]. Jabarah, a Canadian citizen of Iraqi descent, pleaded guilty in 2002 to five counts:

(1) conspiracy to kill United States nationals;
(2) conspiracy to kill United States officers and employees engaged in their official duties;
(3) conspiracy to use weapons of mass destruction against United States nationals;
(4)conspiracy to destroy United States property by means of fire or explosives; and
(5) making false statements to FBI agents in connection with a terrorism investigation.
According to a press release [PDF text] from the US Attorney Office's for the Southern District of New York:
In February 2002, JABARAH was arrested in Oman and deported to Canada. JABARAH voluntarily came to the United States from Canada in May 2002 pursuant to an agreement between JABARAH and this Office whereby JABARAH agreed to surrender to the custody of the FBI with the goal of entering into a cooperation agreement that would require him to plead guilty to criminal charges. As part of this agreement and to effect his travel to the United States, JABARAH executed a parole agreement, which described the understandings between the parties and granted him entry into the United States for the limited purpose of his cooperation. JABARAH was held in New York by the FBI until November 8, 2002, when investigation suggested that JABARAH had secretly disavowed his commitment to cooperate and was, instead, planning to attack federal officials. At that time, JABARAH was transferred into the custody of the federal Bureau of Prisons.
Friday's court hearing was the first time Jabarah appeared in public since his 2002 arrest.

The Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) [official website] played a role in transporting Jabarah to the US and late last year the Security Intelligence Review Committee [official website] sent an oversight report [text] to the Canadian parliament finding that the CSIS violated Jabarah's civil rights [JURIST report]. The committee found that Jabarah was detained without access to counsel and that his confession that he belonged to al Qaeda and plotted to bomb US and Israeli embassies amounted to a violation of his right against self-incrimination under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms [text]. CBC News has more.


 

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