Trial hears teen had phone number of jihadist sympathizer Couture-Rouleau

The Youth Division of Quebec Court.
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MONTREAL – A teenager’s terrorism trial is hearing he had reported links to a jihadist sympathizer who killed a Canadian Forces soldier near Montreal last October.

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The teen’s trial before Quebec youth court heard Thursday that police met with him a few hours after Martin Couture-Rouleau‘s attack in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu.

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Couture-Rouleau deliberately drove a car into two soldiers, killing Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent and injuring another before being fatally shot by police.

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A detective who testified Thursday attempted to make a link between the two as the teen was found with Couture-Rouleau’s phone number in his pocket.

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That meeting took place at a detention centre where the teen was being held for armed robbery in a convenience store.

The teen, who cannot be named because he is a minor, faces two charges: committing a robbery for the benefit of an unspecified terrorist organization and planning to leave Canada to participate in the activities of a terrorist group abroad.

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