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The Crown is seeking to appeal the 14-year sentence meted out last month to a confessed bomb-plotter in the so-called "Toronto 18" case.

"The sentence is not proportionate to the gravity of the offence," the Attorney-General said in a filing released yesterday.

"The trial judge unduly emphasized considerations of rehabilitation ... and failed to adequately address considerations of denunciation and general deterrence," the documents say.

The 14-year sentence was handed to Saad Khalid, 23, after he confessed his role in what he admitted was a "despicable" scheme.

Until yesterday, the punishment was seen as a benchmark for other accused. Under Canada's corrections policies, Mr. Khalid is likely to spend only two more years in a penitentiary before he is paroled - unless he is handed a stiffer sentence.

Another person convicted in the case is to be sentenced tomorrow. The remaining accused in the case are to face trial this winter.

Prosecutors allege a cell of homegrown Islamic extremists plotted to bomb targets in downtown Toronto, including the spy service headquarters, the Toronto Stock Exchange, and a Canadian Forces base on Highway 401.

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