CANADIAN PLOT: RICH MUSLIM TO BLOW UP STOCK EXCHANGE
J. Grant Swank, Jr.
The undercover policeman “wore a wire at their frequent meetings at coffee shops and a Chinese buffet in Toronto, and was paid a record $4.1 million Canadian to infiltrate the group.” The informant posed as an Islamic co-conspirator.
He was spying on Shareef Abdelhaleem, 34, standing trial for plotting to blow up Canada’s main stock exchange in 2006.
“He aimed to profit from wreaking economic havoc to fund other terror attacks” per AFP.
Abdelhaleem pleaded not guilty while charged with “participating in a terrorist group and intending to cause an explosion.” His scheme, if successful, would have leveled three blocks around the Toronto exchange.
Muslim Abdelhaleem wanted to “provoke Canada’s withdrawal from Afghanistan.” Not only would his plan have destroyed the exchange but the country’s spy agency buildings and a military base.
Undercover police followed his moves as he attempted to buy three tones of bomb-making materials.
If all went as he had planned, he expected to “reap a windfall” by short-selling stocks prior to the explosions. The moneys would have been put to funding multitudinous terror attacks throughout the world.
Prosecutors state that Abdelhaleem, earning a six-figure salary as a computer programmer, and other Islamic terrorists worked from “religiously-inspired political purposes.” In other words, they were committed to seeing through the Koran’s Islam World Rule.
“The plan was ‘to affect the economy, to make it lose half a trillion dollars,’ said court documents cited by the daily Globe and Mail.”
Four Muslims working with Abdelhaleem have already pleaded guilty. One has been convicted. Five still face trial.