B.C.’s appeal court has upheld a ruling that gave a couple convicted of planting explosive devices on the grounds of the legislature their freedom in 2016.
In a unanimous ruling, the appeal court sided with a B.C. Supreme Court judge who stayed proceedings in the terrorism trial of John Nuttall and Amanda Korody on the grounds that the police investigation was a “travesty of justice.”
While the 141-page judgment faults Justice Catherine Bruce’s findings in a number of areas, the appeal court found that the RCMP may have been right to launch an undercover operation against the Surrey, B.C., couple — but they went “far beyond investigating a crime.”
“They pushed and pushed and pushed the two defendants to come up with a workable plan,” read the ruling, written by Justice Elizabeth Bennett.
“The police did everything necessary to facilitate the plan.”
A jury convicted Nuttall, 44, and Korody, 35, of terrorism-related offences in 2015, but Bruce stayed proceedings on the grounds that police had entrapped the pair in an investigation that amounted to an abuse of process.
The pair had been accused of plotting to plant pressure cooker bombs on the grounds of the provincial legislature in Victoria with the aim of murdering tourists during Canada Day festivities in 2013.
The pair remain on bail in relation to the peace bond proceedings.