Canada to return citizenship to would-be beheader

New law would see citizenship returned to convicted terrorists, including Zakaria Amara who planned bomb and beheading spree.

Dalit Halevi ,

Justin Trudeau
Justin Trudeau

The Canadian government under the Liberal party and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has submitted an amendment to the citizenship law for approval to the parliament, which among other things determines that Canadian citizenship will not be stripped from terrorists.

In the previous government under Prime Minister Stephen Harper, the law was modified granting the federal government the authority to negate the citizenship of those holding dual citizenship who were convicted of serious crimes, such as terror, espionage, treason and attacking Canadian security forces.

According to the planned change in the law Canadian terrorist Zakaria Amara, a Jordanian who was raised in Saudi Arabia and Cyprus before immigrating to Canada in 1997, will receive his Canadian citizenship back.

Amara is currently serving a life sentence for planning to detonate truck bombs in downtown Toronto during rush hour and to behead the prime minister. The Al Qaeda inspired terror cell he founded was nabbed just before blowing up truck bombs in 2006 near the Toronto Stock Exchange and CN Tower, with an Ontario military base also on their list of targets.

The new law will also let off the hook nine terrorists who were warned their citizenship would be revoked. The nine include an Iranian-Canadian and a Pakistani-Canadian jailed in 2010 for plans to bomb Canadian army bases.

Another terrorist who will be allowed to keep his citizenship is Tahawwur Hussain Rana, a Pakistani-Canadian currently held in a Californian jail for his plan to decapitate workers of a Danish newspaper and throw their heads onto the street, reports the Toronto Sun.

While the law prevents citizenship from being stripped from terrorists, it does allow the government to negate citizenship from those who were found to have deceived the immigration authority when they submitted their requests to receive citizenship.