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John Nuttall and Amanda Korody, who were the subject of a lengthy RCMP terror investigation in 2013, are suing several members of the investigative team, the federal prosecutors in their case, and the governments of Canada and British Columbia.
The lawsuit was filed in BC Supreme Court on Monday.
Nuttall and Korody, who were recent converts to Islam at the time, went with undercover investigators for months as they came up with plans to carry out terrorist attacks. Finally, they decided to target the BC Legislature during the 2013 Canada Day celebrations.
Surveillance footage released during their trial shows the couple making pressure cooker bombs in a hotel room in Delta, BC, then planting the devices at the legislature before the festivities began.
The bombs did not explode.
In their lawsuit, the pair claim the investigation was a “travesty of justice,” echoing the language of the BC Court of Appeal in their case, which upheld a BC Supreme Court finding that police apprehended Nuttall and Korody.
Despite a jury finding the two guilty on terrorism charges, the proceedings were adjourned, and no verdict of guilty was entered.
In their lawsuit, Nuttall and Korody allege that as a result of the defendants’ misconduct, they have suffered serious harm, including imprisonment, emotional distress, psychiatric injury and damage to their reputation.
The lawsuit alleges that federal prosecutors Peter Eccles and Sharon Steele “acted with malice in the form of a deliberate and improper use of the office of the Crown.”
The couple is seeking charter, general, special and punitive damages, along with costs and interest, although no amounts are included in the statement of claim. Charter damages are awarded as compensation for the violation of a plaintiff’s charter rights and to deter state agents from future violations.
“They say there would have been no plot if it wasn’t for the actions of the RCMP, and they say the RCMP violated their rights,” said Nathan Muirhead, a lawyer representing the couple.
“John and Amanda were unjustly kept behind bars for more than three years. They say during their trial both their physical and mental health suffered. They were kept apart, and the stigma of this case is something that will follow them for the rest of their lives.”
None of the defendants filed a response to the lawsuit.
Listen | CBC podcast examines the strange case of John Nuttall and Amanda Korody: