RCMP exploited poverty, addiction, isolation of B.C. terror suspects: lawyer

Lawyers for a British Columbia couple convicted of plotting to bomb the provincial legislature are in court to argue that the RCMP entrapped their clients through an undercover sting.

VANCOUVER — Lawyers for a British Columbia couple convicted of plotting to bomb the provincial legislature are in court to argue that the RCMP entrapped their clients through an undercover sting.

John Nuttall’s lawyer says police induced him and his wife, Amanda Korody, into planting pressure-cooker bombs in Victoria by taking advantage of them.

Marilyn Sandford says Mounties exploited the pair’s vulnerabilities, including their drug addiction, poverty and status as recent converts to Islam.

Staff-Sgt. Vaz Kassan became primary investigator days before Nuttall and Korody were arrested on Canada Day in 2013.

Kassan has testified that when he took over the file the other officers appeared frustrated that Nuttall and Korody weren’t moving forward as predicted.

A B.C. Supreme Court jury found the couple guilty of terrorism-related offences last month.

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