Judge expected to render verdict in Quebec teen terrorism case in December

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MONTREAL – The judge hearing the case of a Montreal teen who is facing serious terrorism-related charges will render her verdict on Dec. 17.

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Final arguments wrapped up Tuesday in the case of the 16-year-old boy being tried before youth court Judge Dominique Wilhelmy.

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

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The case stems from a convenience store robbery in October 2014 the Crown has suggested was linked to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant and was committed to finance a trip to take part in the conflict in Syria.

His lawyer has disputed that suggestion, saying the evidence only suggested his client merely wanted to go to Syria to help fellow Muslims.

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The Crown argued the teen, who also engaged in Twitter conversations with jihadist sympathizer Martin Couture-Rouleau, was determined to get to Syria.

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