Mao Sentenced for Leaving Canada to join ISIS

Brampton (Ontario) – June 23, 2021 – Ikar Mao was sentenced today in the Ontario Superior Court to 49 months imprisonment for leaving Canada to participate in the activity of a terrorist group contrary to s. 83.18(1), thereby committing an offence contrary to s. 83.181 of the Criminal Code. He pled guilty to the offence earlier this week.

The sentence of 49 months imprisonment with a reduction for pre-trial custody is consistent with sentences imposed in similar circumstances. It sends a message to those who seek to travel to participate in the activities of a terrorist group that a significant sentence will be imposed even in circumstances where they do not reach their intended destination.

The Crown stayed the charges against Haleema Mustafa. The staying of the charges against Ms. Mustafa is appropriate in the circumstances given her role, the evidence against her, and the public safety protection assessment. The RCMP was consulted. Ms. Mustafa was in custody for approximately eight months pending resolution.

The Public Prosecution Service of Canada is a national organization 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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