Randall Palmer, Reuters|Dec 14, 2012
The Supreme Court of Canada this morning upheld an anti-terrorism law enacted after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the United States, ruling unanimously that those who choose to engage in terrorism must “pay a very heavy price.”
The law’s constitutionality was challenged by Mohammad Momin Khawaja, an Ottawa man convicted of terrorism for involvement with a British group that had plotted unsuccessfully to set off bombs in London. It was also challenged by two men accused of terrorism by the United States for trying to buy missiles or weapons technology for the Sri Lankan Tamil Tigers.
In R. v. Khawaja, the court rejected arguments that the law’s definition of terrorism was overly broad. It also upheld Khawaja’s life sentence and in Sriskandarajah v. United States of America confirmed the orders to extradite Suresh Sriskandarajah and Piratheepan Nadarajah to the United States.