Montreal teen convicted on terrorism-related offences
MONTREAL – A Montreal teen has been found guilty of two terrorism-related charges.
Youth court Judge Dominique Wilhelmy handed down the verdict Thursday morning.
The boy was facing 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.
The nexMarie-Ève Moore, the Crown Prosecutor in the case said that
“We have to promote his rehabilitation, his reintegration into society while continuing of protecting the public of such terrorist act.”
The case stems from a convenience store robbery in October 2014 the Crown 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 said the evidence only suggested his client merely wanted to go to Syria to help fellow Muslims, while the Crown argued the teen, who also engaged in Twitter conversations with jihadist sympathizer Martin Couture-Rouleau, was determined to get to Syria.
Couture-Rouleau fatally rammed Canadian Forces Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent with a car in St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Que., in October 2014 and was eventually killed by police.
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Sentencing is expected to take place in January.
“We have to promote his rehabilitation, his reintegration into society while continuing of protecting the public of such terrorist act,” said Crown Prosecutor, Marie-Ève Moore
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