Guilty Plea in Terrorism Case

Toronto – February 1, 2019 –Today in the Ontario Superior Court, Pamir Hakimzadah pleaded guilty to leaving Canada to participate in the activity of a terrorist group, contrary to section 83.181 of the Criminal Code.  The maximum penalty is 10 years imprisonment. Sentencing will occur at a later date.

On October 22, 2014, Mr. Hakimzadah left Canada and travelled to Istanbul, Turkey with the intention of entering Syria to join the Islamic State. He was detained by Turkish officials before he could enter Syria and was deported back to Canada. He was subsequently charged with the offence following an RCMP investigation.

Mr. Hakimzadah is the fifth person convicted of leaving Canada to participate in the activities of a terrorist group contrary to s. 83.181 since it came into force on July 15, 2013. The section was added to deter persons from leaving Canada to attend terrorist training camps or engage in other terrorist activity abroad.

The Public Prosecution Service of Canada is responsible for prosecuting offences under federal jurisdiction in a manner that is free of any improper influence and that respects the public interest. The PPSC is also responsible for providing prosecution-related advice to law enforcement agencies across Canada.

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