Terror 18 leader pleads guilty

Isabel Teotonio

One of the leaders of the Toronto 18, who masterminded a bomb plot targeting buildings downtown, pleaded guilty in a Brampton court this morning.

Zakaria Amara, 24, confessed to participating in or contributing to the activity of a terrorist group and intending to cause an explosion that was likely to cause serious bodily harm, death or damage to property.

The Mississauga man, who is regarded as one of the linchpins of the group, told Superior Court Justice Bruce Durno that he understood the charges and that he had entered his plea voluntarily.

His confession in this landmark case is a major coup for the team of prosecutors who have been at the helm of one of Canada’s largest terrorism trials.

Amara was among 14 men and four youths charged in June 2006 after a major police bust of what they alleged was a homegrown Al Qaeda-inspired terrorist cell.


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