Canada's high court upholds anti-terror law

AP News
Posted: Dec 14, 2012 10:39 AM

TORONTO (AP) — The Supreme Court of Canada has unanimously ruled the country's anti-terror law is constitutional in a series of decisions that affirm how terrorism is defined in the Criminal Code.

The court in a 7-0 ruling Friday rejected constitutional challenges brought by three men, including Momin Khawaja. He was the first person charged under the law and convicted of collaborating with a group of Britons in a thwarted 2004 bomb plot in London.

The rulings also upheld the extradition order against Suresh Sriskandarajah and Piratheepan Nadarajah, who can now be sent to the U.S. to face charges of supporting the Tamil Tigers, a Sri Lanka group that many had called a terrorist organization.

All three men are Canadian.

The rulings were a vote of confidence for the law enacted after the terrorist attacks against New York City on Sept 11, 2001.