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Closing arguments in trial of teen suspected of terror-related charges

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MONTREAL – Closing arguments are expected to take place Tuesday in the case of a Montreal teen who faces terrorism-related charges linked to a robbery.

The 16-year-old’s trial took place earlier this month before youth court Judge Dominique Wilhelmy.

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

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His father alerted police after he became worried his son had been radicalized.

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The trial heard the teen had conversed with jihadist sympathizer Martin Couture-Rouleau, who killed Canadian Forces warrant soldier Patrice Vincent in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu last October and injured another.

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The defence did not present any witnesses and failed to persuade the judge last week to have one of the charges dismissed.

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He has already pleaded guilty to the October 2014 robbery.

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