Canada briefs – November 14

Canada’s prison watchdog is sounding the alarm over the plight of aboriginal prisoners, warning that without urgent action the situation will soon become a crisis.

Native prisoner alarm issued

OTTAWA — Canada’s prison watchdog is sounding the alarm over the plight of aboriginal prisoners, warning that without urgent action the situation will soon become a crisis.

Howard Sapers, the correctional investigator of Canada, released a progress report Friday on aboriginals in the federal corrections system. It states bluntly that the federal government has failed to live up to many of its commitments on improving the system.

“Today my message is clear — given the urgency of the situation, I call upon the service to do the right thing and immediately appoint a deputy commissioner for aboriginal corrections,” Sapers said.

Aboriginals are severely overrepresented in federal jails: they account for 17.3 per cent of inmates but make up only four per cent of the adult population.


Crown wants life for terrorist

MONTREAL — Prosecutors want a life sentence for a Quebec man found guilty of conspiring to bomb targets overseas, even if his plan to kill politicians and attack an international soccer tournament never came to fruition.

Said Namouh is awaiting sentencing on four terrorism-related charges.

Federal prosecutor Dominique Dudemaine said Friday that Namouh should serve at least 10 years before he’s eligible for parole in 2017.

He said Namouh’s high level of participation in a terrorist organization and the wealth of evidence against him showed that he was on his way to perpetrating a terror act abroad.

“Should Said Namouh have succeeded in pursuing his goal to commit a terrorist act, he would be facing a life sentence,” Dudemaine said outside the courtroom. “I don’t see why he should get credit for the RCMP work that made his plot fail.”

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