Edmonton man charged with terrorism hoax tried to pin apparent crime on roommate: RCMP

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*EDITOR’S NOTE: RCMP said on April 3 just one count each of terrorist hoax and public mischief had been laid. On April 5, RCMP amended the charges to three counts each.

A 54-year-old Edmonton man has been charged for his alleged involvement in a terrorism hoax.

On March 26, the Alberta RCMP Integrated National Security Enforcement Team (INSET) was alerted to a letter received by the U.S. Consulate in Calgary.

The letter indicated that a man was planning acts of terrorism against both Canadian and American citizens, as well as the man’s wife, police said in a news release Wednesday.

READ MORE: RCMP arrest Ottawa woman in relation to alleged hoax terrorist threat

Police believe the suspect compiled the letter in an attempt to incriminate his roommate.

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Martin Palasz, of Edmonton, is charged with three counts of terrorist hoax and three counts of public mischief.

Palasz is scheduled to appear in court in Edmonton on April 5.

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