Elizabeth May says she wants to know who authorized the police investigation
The couple at the centre of the alleged legislature bomb plot spent their first weekend in three years away from prison.
John Nuttall and Amanda Korody were released from custody Friday.
A B.C. Supreme court judge found the RCMP “entrapped” and “manipulated” the couple into planting bombs at the legislature.
As Mary Griffin reports, the Green Party Leader now wants answers about who authorized the police investigation.
“No guys, no comment.”
After a three year RCMP investigation, the two individuals at the centre of the alleged plot to blow up the legislature walk out of court, free of all charges.
“John, what’s your first priority right now?
Get away from here.”
As a result of withering criticism from the judge, there are now are questions about the police operation, including those from Green Party leader Elizabeth May.
“I was horrified by the degree of entrapment.
I was very surprised that they were convicted.”
During the undercover investigation, police officers manipulated Nuttall and Korody into planting pressure cooker bombs in a failed attempt to blow up the B.C. Legislature on Canada Day in 2013.
Now May wants answers.
“What lessons will be learned from this debacle, this waste of time of the criminal justice system, this waste of resources from the real effort to track, detect and disrupt real threat.”
Defense lawyer Chris Considine says there are methods for law enforcement in tracking potential terrorist threats.
“The issue here is; what were the appropriate steps taken by the police.
Did they do the right thing?
Or did they go too far?”
Shortly after they left the courthouse, the couple were arrested, but released on a peace bond.
“That’s now becoming a way of approaching this matter in Canada and U.K.
So that monitoring devices can be installed, and various other steps taken.
So that way the person is sent a message; don’t go to the extent that you are going to commit a crime.”
And second, society is given some measure of protection.”
Nuttall and Korody will appear in BC Supreme Court September 7th.