“Is there even a charge against the accused? No.”The Appellate court is supposed to rule on the government's appeal of the case next October.
He said the Crown appeared to be running “afoul, in my view, of the tenet that once sentence is passed, the court no longer has jurisdiction over them.” Prosecutor Sharon Steele suggested Bruce’s verdict was transitory and not a “final” disposition, in terms of the dictionary definition, because an appeal has been filed.“We’re not in a dictionary world. We’re a legal world,” Harris snapped.
Below, is the text of an editorial recently published in the Vancouver Sun. It was written by Ian Mulgrew, who covered the entire courtroom saga of the vulnerable ex addict couple who were preyed upon by CSIS and the RCMP. In a Shocking Judicial Decision, the trial judge set aside the conviction and in a stinging rebuke of CSIS and the RCMP, she based her acquittal on "police entrapment". Please read the entire editorial and I will have my thoughts and analysis in comments to follow:
Published on: December 30, 2016 | Last Updated: December 30, 2016 11:12 AM PST
The so-called Canada Day Terror Plot that exploded last summer, leaving the RCMP as red-faced as their serge, was the year’s most-stunning B.C. Supreme Court decision.
The first terrorism-related acquittal based on police entrapment in Canadian history, it tarnished not only the force but also the public prosecution service as its advisor throughout the ill-conceived and discredited sting. The sweeping exoneration of the two accused, however, didn’t end legal proceedings connected to the national security investigation involving 240-plus officers and millions in resources — $900,000 in overtime alone. Police and prosecutors in the New Year will continue to pursue the challenged pair through the B.C. Court of Appeal, and also to argue in the Provincial Court for maintaining movement and Internet restrictions.
Hopefully, the provincial court will look behind the fear-mongering rhetoric and recognize an attempt to re-try the case before the appellate bench has had a chance to review the trial. In a scathing rebuke of the force and the national security apparatus, on July 29 Justice Catherine Bruce found that stringing along the impoverished Surrey pair didn’t make the country any safer. She called the evidence that they posed a serious public safety risk “farcical.”
The Canadian Security Intelligence Service targeted John Nuttall and Amanda Korody in 2012 because they were recent converts to Islam with muddled, seemingly violent views. But they were also recovering addicts on methadone and social assistance living in a Surrey basement after months of homelessness, suffering from various mental wellness issues. The spies turned their suspicions over to the RCMP in early 2013, and the Mounties proved incapable of separating the incompetent from the murderous.
[Supreme Court Judge] Bruce concluded the common-law couple were damaged individuals who lacked the focus, mental acuity and skills to organize a sophisticated terrorist strike. Neither had a driver’s licence and they couldn’t afford a transit pass. They often went hungry when they couldn’t make welfare stretch.
Upon their release after 37 months of incarceration, Korody, 33, and Nuttall, 41, were immediately rearrested, and freed only after agreeing to peace bonds. They have since been living quietly in Victoria. But there appears no legitimate reason for the restrictions imposed on them. The couple were jailed July 1, 2013, within hours of police helping them plant inert pressure-cooker devices primed to supposedly explode during Canada Day celebrations at the B.C. Legislature.
Since that make-believe Boston Marathon copycat bombing orchestrated by the RCMP, there can be no new evidence to justify the peace bond — they had been locked up. The pair were vulnerable victims of police entrapment, Bruce concluded. She called it a police-manufactured crime — the equivalent of firemen torching a derelict home to confirm its value, figuring the property worthless anyway. So far, however, the authorities refuse to accept Bruce’s findings in what I think is no more than an attempt to suppress debate about their questionable behaviour. They insist Bruce got it wrong, and that Nuttall and Korody are radicalized individuals with a propensity for violence and pose a serious risk. But their efforts forestall the needed discussion about the incontrovertible evidence revealed by the trial concerning the national security apparatus and the conclusions Bruce drew from that material, aside from criminal culpability.
We have yet to get an explanation of why senior police and prosecutors approved this expensive exercise. Nor have we heard why political influence, so systemically avoided in criminal cases, could be so possible in a national security investigation. Perhaps most importantly, we don’t know what CSIS was doing among the west coast Islamic community in 2012 or its true relationship with Nuttall.
But don’t expect accountability. The Harperites involved and responsible (who patted themselves firmly on the back for keeping the country safe and gave each other promotions) will be long gone.
The issues raised by this trial, and excellently summarized in Mulgrew's editorial, are absolutely stunning and global in scope. The incompetence and desperate bungling by CSIS and their gophers, the RCMP, finally brought out into the open the entire strategy of corrupt security systems of the "five eyes" and other NATO countries. Take that recent false flag that happened over the holidays in Germany. I didn't follow it that closely but fellow blogger Northerntruthseeker did and he noted that the police had driven the perpetrator to the crime scene. Anyone who cannot connect the dots between that fact situation and similar ones in the US...and the Nuttall/Korody case here in BC is an absolute dolt. IMO, the corrupt security and police officers spearheading the Nuttall/Korody case are but one cell of a global system of corrupt security/police cells that have used the same modus operendi to set up possibly hundreds of these False Flags....triggered to go off on Deep State command.
Why the police don't thoroughly investigate these crimes within their own organization is a question about a very dangerous risk...and is proof positive that this is a systemic "inside job" controlled by some very powerful and corrupt entities.
That the government of le dauphin Justin Trudeau doesn't immediately order a "Royal Commission" (remember those?) into this possible treasonous poisoning/corruption of the institutions of Canadian order, good government and sovereignty is another very worrisome aspect. This leads me to my one objection to Mulgrew's editorial. He blames the criminal caper on "the Harperites", the previous Conservative government of Stephen Harper. That's untrue and I don't even know why Mulgrew arrived at that conclusion or what evidence he based it on. The corruption goes further up the line than any individual government of NATO-involved Canada. It is international in scope...and it is connected with the Deep State global neocon criminal cabal that has been terrorizing humanity for several decades now.
If Canada had any cajones at all--it would use the excellent opportunity presented by the massive mismanagement/bungling/criminality by CSIS and the RCMP in the Nuttall/Korody case--to kick the ba$t@rds out of Canada...entirely. Perhaps then the international community would also use the case...as a precedent in a domino effect...to rid the entire planet of these creep$.