Oh poor Mubin Shaikh. He must cry himself to sleep every night, sitting on his $300,000 paycheque, snorting coke, thinking of the lives he’s destroyed. Perhaps he’ll give the money back, or donate it to these kid’s defence fund. No? Thought not. This will be dragged through the media, out of context half truths occasionally making it to the front page, until the propaganda campaign has had its desired effect. And then it will probably end up in acquittals, buried on the back pages.
The Canadian Press
February 2, 2009
BRAMPTON, Ont. – An RCMP informant who helped thwart a domestic terrorist plot said Monday that he feels guilty about the role he played in recruiting four youths to the group. [Ed. Note: Which engaged in horrific acts, including camping and playing paintball and talking smack around the fire.]
Mubin Shaikh told a Brampton, Ont., court he knew the teens would get caught up in the terrorism investigation as a result.
Mr. Shaikh conceded that he was instrumental in bringing in one of the teens, who was found guilty last fall of terrorism-related offences as part of the so-called Toronto 18.
The defence is seeking to stay the proceedings against the youth on the grounds that he was entrapped by the police agent.
Mr. Shaikh also testified in Ontario Superior Court that he never told the RCMP he thought the youths should not be prosecuted.
He said he tried to explain to his handlers the teens’ limited involvement in the plot, which involved storming Parliament, truck-bombings and hostage takings.
“I tried to impart to them (the RCMP) various degrees of involvement. I’m not the investigator. I said what I could say, considering the role I had,” Mr .Shaikh testified.
He told the court he deliberately imparted a twisted view of extremist Islam to the youngsters as a way to gain the confidence of the group’s co-leaders. [Ed. Note: Who were also RCMP moles.]
He said he “emphasized the militant nature of the jihad” during a lecture he gave at a winter camp in December 2005, where the recruits were taken under the guise of a religious retreat.
Mr. Shaikh also taught them how to fire a weapon, saying he did not think it was illegal to do so, given the circumstances.
The youth, who cannot be identified because he was 17 at the time of his offences, was one of 18 people arrested over the summer of 2006 in connection with the terrorist plot.
Three other youths have since had their charges stayed.
Ten adults, none of whom by court order can be identified, have yet to stand trial.
Mr. Shaikh is expected to be the Crown’s main witness in those cases.
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