Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Canada's Spy Agency May Have Incited B.C. Couple to Commit Terrorist Act: Lawyer

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Canada's Spy Agency May Have Incited B.C. Couple to Commit Terrorist Act: Lawyer

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CSIS may have incited B.C. terror attack: lawyer

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VANCOUVER - A person with alleged ties to Canada's spy agency may have helped radicalize a man who was eventually arrested for plotting to blow up the British Columbia legislature, a court has heard.

The information comes after B.C. Supreme Court Justice Catherine Bruce ordered the release of a heavily edited transcript from a closed-door hearing that took place last week in connection with the trial of John Nuttall and Amanda Korody.

The pair was found guilty last June on terrorism charges but the convictions haven't been entered while defence lawyers argue police entrapped the couple through an elaborate undercover police sting.

Their lawyers are applying for correspondence between the Canadian Security Intelligence Service and an alleged human source in order to better understand the role the spy agency played in the investigation.

"If there (redacted) was a human source then that raises serious issues about the potential role of CSIS in inciting the applicants to commit terrorist acts," said Nuttall's lawyer Marilyn Sandford in the transcript.

If the possible source is acting as an agent for either the RCMP or CSIS while at the same time encouraging Nuttall and Korody to commit terrorist acts "then we say that's potentially an abuse of process or potentially entrapment," she added.

Sandford told the court that her client claimed the alleged CSIS operative "strongly encouraged him on many occasions to engage in violent terrorist acts and played a significant role in (his) radicalization."

Lawyers for the Crown and CSIS opposed the release, arguing that the only evidence in favour of the disclosure came from Nuttall himself.

"He's anything but a reliable historian," Peter Eccles said.

Everything presented during the couple's trial indicates Nuttall didn't think he had been radicalized by anyone other than himself, Eccles said.

The lawyer said the defence's theory that the alleged operative radicalized Nuttall doesn't follow what the court heard at trial, when Nuttall instructed undercover officers to "go do jihad. …

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