Toronto 18 plotter reflects on a decade in prison
Fahim Ahmad enters the room wearing his prison whites, glasses perched midway down his nose. He just left the kitchen, where he was making grilled cheese sandwiches for the lunch service.
Ahmad no longer looks like the 21-year-old who made headlines a decade ago as one of the leaders of the Toronto 18 terror plot. He’s bulkier, lost all his hair. He shows me his photo ID, taken during his first years spent at Quebec’s Special Handling Unit, which has the reputation as Canada’s toughest prison. “See, I had hair there. After the SHU, no hair.”