The RCMP have laid terrorism-related charges against two missing Winnipeg men believed to have been involved in a 2009 plot to blow up New York subway cars. Ferid Imam, a University of Manitoba student, is alleged to have trained the Al-Qaeda terrorists who were to carry out the plot and faces a life sentence if he is convicted. He vanished from Winnipeg in 2007, and is believed to be somewhere in northwestern Pakistan. His accomplice, Miawand Yar, faces up to 10 years in prison for participating in a terrorist conspiracy. The case will test Canada’s Anti-Terrorism Act passed in 2001, which allows police to charge terrorism suspects who commit crimes outside Canada’s borders.
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