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Wife Of Accused Terrorist Linked To Anti-Gay Islamic Group

by 365Gay.com Newscenter Staff

June 7, 2006 - 12:01 am ET

(Brampton, Ontario) The wife of one of 10 men accused of plotting terrorist attacks in Ontario has been outspoken in opposing LGBT rights in Canada.

Cheryfa Jamal appeared in court in a burka, the traditional Muslim garb for women that covers them from head to toe, as her husband, Qayyum Jamal, 43, and the others made a brief court appearance.

She and her husband are members of a small suburban mosque where a member described her as quiet but said that she had participated in several demonstrations against homosexuality.

In 2003 she and other Muslim women from the Toronto area joined thousands of Catholic and evangelical Christians to demonstrate against same-sex marriage on Parliament Hill, he said.

The year before she appeared on behalf of the Toronto District Muslim Education Assembly to denounce a plan by the Toronto District School Board to teach a course on human sexuality that included lessons on LGBT diversity.

Jamal told the board that the course would indoctrinate students on homosexuality news accounts from the day reported.

In 2000 she appeared at a rally organized by her group at the Ontario Legislature to condemn the provincial government for being too gay positive.

Qayyum Jamal and the other adults arrested on the weekend heard the charges against them read out in a courtroom in Brampton, a suburb of Toronto on Tuesday.

They are accused of being part of a home-grown terrorist cell. All are Canadian citizens or landed immigrants. They were arrested in a sting operation mounted by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in which they bought three tons of fertilizer which authorities say was to be turned into bombs.

Police also allege that they planned to storm the Canadian Parliament and behead Prime Minister Stephen Harper unless terrorists being held in other countries were released.

Authorities say more arrests are expected.

©365Gay.com 2006


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