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Canada judge declines release of confidential papers in terror case

[JURIST] Canadian Federal Court Judge Richard Mosley refused to require the release of confidential evidence [ruling, PDF; summary, PDF] against alleged terrorist Mohammed Momin Khawaja [CBC backgrounder] on Monday, saying "that disclosure of most of the information would be injurious to national security or to international relations." Mosley told defense lawyers that he will summarize some of the information, but will not force Canadian prosecutors to release the documents.

Khawaja was arrested [JURIST report] in March 2004, and was the first to be charged under Canada's post-September 11 Anti-Terrorism Act [text; CBC backgrounder]. He was identified as a co-conspirator in a UK fertilizer bomb terror plot which resulted late last month in life sentences for five British nationals [JURIST report]. AFP has more.

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