Canada terror suspect was 'Idol' entrant

Aug. 26, 2010 at 6:37 PM
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TORONTO, Aug. 26 (UPI) -- A third suspect in an alleged Canadian terrorist bomb plot linked to al-Qaida once appeared in Canada's version of "American Idol," a newspaper said Thursday.

Khuram Sher, arrested in London, Ontario, as part of a Royal Canadian Mounted Police investigation into a possible terrorism cell allegedly plotting to attack Canadian targets, once moonwalked across a Montreal stage during a "Canadian Idol" audition.

Sher told "Canadian Idol" judges in 2008 he was from Pakistan and liked "hockey, music and acting," a UPI review of his audition video on YouTube found.

The Toronto Star cited a source close to the investigation as saying Sher was actually a Canadian-born physician and graduate of Montreal's McGill University.

During the audition, Sher sang an off-tune unaccompanied rendition of Canadian singer-songwriter Avril Lavigne's breakthrough single "Complicated" with some moonwalk dance moves, the video showed.

The moonwalk, which presents the illusion of the dancer being pulled backward while attempting to walk forward, became popular after Michael Jackson used it during a performance of "Billie Jean."

One of the "Canadian Idol" judges called Sher's singing "genuine crap." Another asked if Sher had ever thought of being a comedian instead of a singer.

Two other alleged members of the suspected terror group that police believe were trying to form a Canadian terrorism cell appeared in an Ottawa court Thursday.

Hiva Alizadeh was charged with conspiracy to facilitate terrorism, possession of explosives and committing an offense for a terrorism group, The Ottawa Citizen reported.

Misbahuddin Ahmed was charged with conspiracy to facilitate a terrorist offense, the newspaper said.

The men were allegedly involved with a bomb plot, but it was not clear if a specific target or targets had been selected or if the alleged plot had matured to an operational stage, The National Post reported.

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