Canadian man pleads guilty to terrorism charge in pipeline plot

Posted: Friday, March 14, 2008

SANTA FE, N.M. - A Canadian man has pleaded guilty in federal court to a terrorism charge for plotting to blow up the trans-Alaska oil pipeline eight years ago.

Alfred Reumayr, 58, of New Westminster, British Columbia, faces 13 years in prison under a plea agreement accepted Thursday by a federal judge in Santa Fe. He pleaded guilty to one count of an eight-count indictment that was handed up in 1999.

Prosecutors said Reumayr planned to bomb the pipeline repeatedly in early January 2000, then profit from the sale of oil futures during the resulting oil shortage.

Reumayr fought extradition from Canada for years, but a court cleared him for return to the United States in 2006.

The charges were brought in New Mexico because Reumayr allegedly tried to involve an Albuquerque man in the scheme who then went to federal authorities.

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