Ottawa terror cell sought explosives, trial hears

Misbahuddin Ahmed in this file photo from 2010.
Tony Caldwell/Ottawa Sun

Misbahuddin Ahmed in this file photo from 2010. Tony Caldwell/Ottawa Sun

Tony Spears, Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 3:49 PM ET

A terror cell armed with the makings of explosives lurked in the heart of Ottawa, a court heard Wednesday.

The terror trial of Misbahuddin Ahmed began with Crown prosecutor Jason Wakely telling the jury about bad men intent on "supporting the cause of violent Islamic jihad in Canada and abroad."

One of the alleged co-conspirators is said by the Crown to be London, Ont. pathologist Dr. Khurram Syed Sher, whose own terror trial recently concluded. His fate still rests in the hands of a judge.

A third alleged co-conspirator cannot be named under a court-ordered publication ban.

Ahmed -- said to be the right-hand man of the unnamed co-accused -- faces three charges, all for alleged crimes that took place between February and August 2010.

He has pleaded not guilty to conspiracy to facilitate terrorist activity, contributing to a terrorist group and to making or possessing explosives to endanger life or damage property.


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