BC Supreme Court Justice Catherine Bruce today freed John Nuttall and Amanda Korody, after saying the pair were entrapped by RCMP trickery and subterfuge.
Justice Bruce wrote:
Simply put, the world has enough terrorists. We do not need the police to create more out of marginalized people who have neither the capacity nor sufficient motivation to do it themselves.
…defendants serving a life sentence for a crime that the police manufactured by exploiting their vulnerabilities … is offensive to our concept of fundamental justice…
The CBC reported in February:
The RCMP spent just over $900,000 in overtime pay over the course of a five-month undercover operation that led to the arrests of two terrorism suspects in British Columbia.
Documents obtained by The Canadian Press through a freedom-of-information request show the Mounties paid at least 200 people, mostly police officers, $911,090.54 for overtime work during the investigation, which was code named Project Souvenir.
In July 2013, at an RCMP news conference, RCMP assistant commissioners James Malizia and Wayne Rideout claimed the couple had been “self-radicalized” and inspired by “Al Qaeda ideology.”
This was not the first critical police deficiency involving Wayne Rideout. He was the senior police officer involved in RCMP efforts to keep the public from learning true circumstances of four police officers killing Robert Dziekanski at Vancouver’s airport. In perhaps the most egregious act of all, an RCMP crew travelled to the Dziekanski’s Polish homeland, searching, unsuccessfully, for information they might use to tarnished the dead man’s reputation. That tragedy resulted in millions of dollars spent to unravel truth and assign blame to the police killers and policy makers.
From my 2009 article Disgracing M.O.M.:
Can you believe it? During the time he was the RCMP’s officer in charge of the Dziekanski cover-up, Superintendent Wayne Rideout was accepting appointment to the ORDER OF MERIT OF THE POLICE FORCES and the right to use post-nominal letters M.O.M.