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Canadian Terrorists Planned To Behead The PM

From the DNC’s Associated Press:

Canada plot allegedly involved PM attack

By BETH DUFF-BROWN, Associated Press Writer

Some of the 17 Muslim men accused of plotting terror bombings in Canada also planned to storm Parliament, take hostages and behead the prime minister and other leaders, according to accusations revealed Tuesday by the lawyer for one of the suspects.

Authorities further allege that the suspect, Steven Vikash Chand, plotted to take over media outlets, including Canadian Broadcasting Corp., his attorney said after a brief hearing at the Ontario Court of Justice.

Specifics of the charges against the other suspects were not released, but Chand’s lawyer, Gary Batasar, asked that the allegations against his client be read in court. He told The Associated Press later that others face similar accusations, but did not say who or how many.

An eight-page document prepared by the prosecution summarzing the charges against all the suspects was not read in open court or distributed to the media, making it difficult to assess how sophisticated the alleged plot was or its progress.

But the purported plot to take political leaders hostage and behead them if Muslim prisoners were not freed and Canada did not pull its 2,300 troops out of Afghanistan added a chilling dimension to a case that has led U.S. authorities to toughen security along the border and unsettled Canada’s large Muslim community.

Other defense attorneys declined to discuss the detailed charges. Batasar told AP that other suspects were facing similar allegations.

"It’s just generally speaking that the allegations are against my client as well as the other parties," he said. "That’s what all the parties are facing."

"The only reason I’m coming out and saying this is that my client is innocent of the charges; he protests his innocence and that’s not being heard," Batasar added.

Police say they expect more arrests, and intelligence officers are probing whether 12 adults and five juveniles arrested over the weekend had any ties to Islamic terror cells in the United States and five nations in Europe and Asia.

Chand, a 25-year-old restaurant worker from Toronto, was one of 15 suspects who made brief court appearances Tuesday. They were held behind a glass enclosure, brought in as groups of four or five, chained together in ankle shackles and handcuffs.

Chand, bearded with shoulder-length hair, blew a kiss to supporters as he was led away as formal bail hearings for him and the 14 others were postponed until at least Monday.

"There’s an allegation apparently that my client personally indicated that he wanted to behead the prime minister of Canada," said Batasar. "It’s a very serious allegation. My client has said nothing about that."

Speaking outside the courthouse, Batasar said the charges were based on fear-mongering government officials.

"It appears to me that whether you’re in Ottawa or Toronto or Crawford, Texas, or Washington, D.C., what is wanting to be instilled in the public is fear," he said.

He also suggested that Prime Minister Stephen Harper, who expressed happiness at the arrests, should "keep out of the case."

In Ottawa, Harper appeared to take the alleged beheading t

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