Terrorist's Canadian citizenship revoked

  • 27/09/2015
Zakaria Amara planned to detonate bombs in Toronto. (Reuters)
Zakaria Amara planned to detonate bombs in Toronto. (Reuters)

The Canadian government has revoked the citizenship of the convicted mastermind of a 2006 al-Qaida inspired plot to detonate bombs in Toronto, a newspaper reports.

Zakaria Amara received a life sentence in January 2010 and is serving his time in a penitentiary in Quebec.

The National Post reported that Amara was notified by letter that he is no longer a Canadian citizen and that the move is a first for the Canadian government following the activation of a new law.

Defence Minister Jason Kenney appeared to confirm the development, tweeting: "This man hated Canada so much, he planned on murdering hundreds of Canadians. He forfeited his own citizenship."

Under a law that took effect in May, the government can revoke the citizenship of citizens convicted of terrorism provided they hold dual citizenship.

Amara, who still has a Jordanian passport, was deemed the mastermind of an al-Qaida inspired plot to bomb the Toronto Stock Exchange, Canada's spy agency offices and a military base using fertiliser explosives packed in rented trucks.

At the end of his trial in 2010, Amara, aged 24 at the time, apologised to Canadians for his actions in an open letter he read in court.

He could apply for parole in 2016 but faces deportation to Jordan upon release from prison.