An Ottawa man serving a life sentence for terrorism has returned to prison after being attacked in a Quebec prison. Momin Khawaja’s father said his son was burnt with boiling water by a fellow inmate also convicted on terrorism charges. Khawaja received burns to 60 to 70 per cent of his body, said his father Mahboob Khawaja.”He was attacked by one of the inmates who lives in the same range, the inmate was out of the Toronto 18,” he said. He attacked him from the backside with a pot of boiling water. His attacker was Zakaria Amara, who plot to set off three bombs in Toronto.
Khawaja’s lawyer, Lawrence Greenspon, said this is the first time Khawaja has had any trouble during his five years in custody. “I’m certainly looking forward to hearing from prison authorities to indicate what they’re doing to take precautions to make sure this doesn’t happen in the future,” Greenspon told the CBC’s Julie Ireton.
The attack took place on January 16 at the federal Special Handling Unit, the super-maximum-security prison in Ste-Anne-des-Plaines, Quebec. It happened as inmates were preparing snacks before returning to their cells for the night.