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OTTAWA, June 23 (UPI) -- Canada's capital was under heavy security Monday as the trial for the first Canadian charged with terrorist activities began.
Four armored vehicles delivered Mohammed Momin Khawaja, 29, to the court, where masked tactical officers sat in the courtroom's front seats, the Ottawa Sun reported.
Khawaja was arrested in March 2004 on charges stemming from an alleged terror cell in Britain, the Globe and Mail reported. The software designer faces seven charges related to allegedly making fertilizer bombs and keeping three rifles under his bed in his parents' home, the report said.
The five British men were convicted and sentenced to life-in-prison and some of the testimony about Khawaja's alleged involvement is likely to become part of the Canadian trial.
An internal court memo circulated last week said, "During court sessions, if the officer attending the accused rises and leaves with the prisoner this should be your cue you need to evacuate the courtroom."