Justice was served against a Canadian wannabe ISIS jihadist — but it took a U.S. court to do it.
A Mississauga man who says he was radicalized in a Canadian Islamic school was sentenced to 40 years in prison for his involvement in an ISIS plot to mass murder civilians in New York City.
Abdulrahman El Bahnasawy, who was born in Kuwait and raised partially in Canada, was on his way to carrying out his gruesome plot. He travelled to New York and had already shipped bomb-making material to a fellow ISIS operative, who turned out to be an undercover FBI agent.
Bahnasawy was part of an ISIS cell that had a plan to detonate bombs in Times Square and on the New York City subway system, and to carry out mass shootings at concerts and restaurants throughout the city.
Their maniacal plan was thwarted; Bahnasawy was arrested and faced trial in the U.S.
Bahnasawy’s lawyer — the same lawyer who represented and befriended Omar Khadr — took a page from the Khadr playbook.
They tried to paint Bahnasawy as a victim — a mentally ill loner who suffered from a drug addiction. They also claimed that the FBI entrapped Bahnasawy through its undercover police work.
Despite these efforts, Bahnasawy was deemed mentally fit to stand trial and pleaded guilty to seven counts of terrorism. His lawyers asked that he receive a four-year sentence and counseling for drug addiction and mental health problems. Instead, he was given 40 years.