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Sentence in Terrorism Case
Toronto – February 14, 2019 – Today in Ontario Superior Court, Ms. Rehab Dughmosh was sentenced to a total of seven years in prison after being found guilty last month of the offences of leaving Canada to participate in the activities of a terrorist group, namely ISIS, contrary to section 83.181 of the Criminal Code, two counts of assault with a weapon, and carrying a weapon for a dangerous purpose, all for the benefit of a terrorist group, namely ISIS, contrary to s. 83.2 of the Criminal Code.
The charges arise from Ms. Dughmosh’s attempt to travel to Syria to join ISIS in April 2016, and her June 3, 2017 use of a knife and a golf club to assault people at a Canadian Tire store in Scarborough, Ontario.
Statement from the Public Prosecution Service of Canada
Ottawa – February 12, 2019 – In light of comments made in the press regarding the prosecution of Vice Admiral Mark Norman, the Public Prosecution Service of Canada would like to clarify the context of the conversations between PPSC counsel and counsel for the Privy Council Office.
The document was PPSC counsel’s notes of conversations between crown counsel and counsel for the Privy Council Office. In the process of preparing for trial, the PPSC was looking to identify potential witnesses who could explain issues of cabinet confidence, as it is applied by the Clerk of the Privy Council. The PPSC will be producing an unredacted version of the notes on Friday to the judge.
The PPSC has not sought or received instructions in respect of the prosecution of Mr. Norman from the Privy Council Office or any other government department or body.
Director of Public Prosecutions Ms. Kathleen Roussel said: “I am confident that our prosecutors, in this and every other case, exercise their discretion independently and free from any political or partisan consideration.”
Decision Released from the Ontario Court of Appeal
Toronto – February 11, 2019 –The Ontario Court of Appeal released its decision today on the conviction and sentence appeal of Mohamed Hassan Hersi, 32. The Court dismissed the appeal and upheld the conviction and sentence.
Mr. Hersi was the subject of an undercover investigation that ran from October 2010 to March 2011. During the course of that investigation, Mr. Hersi told an undercover police officer that he was going to travel to Somalia, by way of Egypt, and join Al-Shabaab, the notorious terrorist group. Mr. Hersi also counselled the undercover officer to do the same – travel to Somalia and offer his services to Al-Shabaab.
On March 29, 2011, Mr. Hersi was arrested as he waited to board a flight to Egypt. He was charged with attempting to participate in the activities of a terrorist group, and with counselling participation in the activities of a terrorist group, contrary to section 83.18 of the Criminal Code. A jury convicted Mr. Hersi of both counts. He was sentenced to the then maximum sentence of five years imprisonment on each count and was ordered ineligible to obtain parole until he had served half his sentence.
Mr. Hersi has 60 days to decide whether to seek leave to appeal with the Supreme Court of Canada.
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