July 20, 2006

Second suspect granted bail in Canada terror case

TORONTO (Reuters) - A man arrested last month in connection
with what Canadian police say was an al Qaeda-inspired plot
that aimed to blow up targets around southern Ontario has been
granted bail, a prosecution spokesman said on Thursday.

Ahmad Ghany, 21, is the second suspect in the case to be
released on bail.

Police accuse him of being part of a group that they allege
discussed storming the Parliament Buildings in Ottawa and
detonating bombs at targets in downtown Toronto.

Ghany was granted bail at a court hearing in Brampton,
Ontario, a suburb of Toronto.

According to media reports, he was released on C$140,000
($124,000) in sureties, and will return to court on August 28.

Most of the group of 17 men -- four of them under the age
of 18 at the time of the alleged offenses, and all Canadian
citizens or residents -- were arrested on June 2 in Canada's
largest counter-terrorism operation. Two were already in
custody on weapons offenses.

Ghany was charged with participating in a terrorist
organization and with receiving terrorism training.

Some of the other suspects are charged with providing
training and with plotting bombings.

Ghany is the second suspect to be granted bail, following
the release of one of the younger accused last week. Four
others have been denied bail.

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