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John Nuttall, Amanda Korody entrapment proceedings begin

07/13/2015 01:20 EDT | Updated 07/13/2016 05:59 EDT
A B.C. Supreme court judge will hear arguments today about whether two people convicted of terrorism-related offences were entrapped by the police.

In June, a jury found John Nuttall and Amanda Korody guilty for plotting a 2013 Canada Day attack on the B.C. Legislature.

The married couple was found guilty of one count each of conspiring to commit murder and possessing explosives for the benefit of on behalf of a terrorist organization. 

The convictions won't be entered until after the defence has a chance to argue that police entrapped the couple into the plot during a sting operation. The jury's guilty verdicts can be stayed if the judge finds entrapment or other abuses of process. 

During the trial, more than 100 hours of audio and video evidence, captured by undercover RCMP officers in an elaborate sting operation, were presented to the court.  

The officers posed as terrorists and befriended the couple in the months leading up to the alleged plot to attack the  legislature in Victoria using pressure cooker bombs.

Defence says pair were manipulated

Lawyers for Korody and Nuttall argued RCMP officers manipulated the pair. They maintained their plan to detonate the bombs at the legislature would not have materialized had they not been pushed by police. 

They described the couple as former heroin addicts with money issues who were given a purpose when befriended by RCMP officers, who gave them money, clothes and spiritual guidance.

The Crown argued the couple planned to kill innocent people and were fully aware of what they were doing. 

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