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Bomb plot mom supports son

The mother of a man accused in a Canada Day bomb plot at the British Columbia legislature last year says it's important for her to support her son during one of the most trying times in his life.

John Nuttall and his co-accused Amanda Korody were charged last July in what Mounties described as an al-Qaida-inspired plan to use pressure cooker bombs to target celebrations in Victoria.

The two are in BC Supreme Court this week as Justice Catherine Bruce hears a legal application related to the charges, but the submissions are under a publication ban and details cannot be reported.

Nuttall's mother, Maureen Smith, is attending the hearing and said outside the courthouse that she believes her son to be innocent.

Smith says she needs to be there for her son, even though the experience has been very emotional for her.

A jury trial is expected to begin in January 2015.

The Canadian Press

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