RCMP accused of enabling in B.C. terrorism trial

VANCOUVER – An undercover police officer denied RCMP bought groceries and cigarettes for a pair of accused B.C. terrorists in order to free up funds from their welfare cheques to purchase bomb-making equipment, a court has heard.

John Nuttall’s defence lawyer Marilyn Sandford suggested to the officer on Monday that financial support involved in an elaborate sting operation enabled her client and his wife to move forward with their alleged terrorist plot.

“You were freeing up money that they could then use to buy kettle pressure cookers, etc.,” said Sandford.

“That wasn’t the intent,” replied the officer, whose identity is protected by a publication ban.