Kingston teen suspected of terrorist activity arrested for allegedly breaching bail conditions
The Kingston teen facing numerous terrorism charges was arrested over the weekend for allegedly breaching the conditions of his bail.
The teen was arrested on Sunday and is facing a charge for allegedly breaching his release conditions as well as a mischief charge. The reasons for the new charges are protected under a publication ban.
The youth was released from custody on April 3 after a three-day bail hearing.
The justice of the peace denied the youth’s bail originally, but the teen was released on a special condition reserved for youths to two responsible persons.
A responsible person release differs from a regular release to a surety since the responsible person could face jail time if the teen does not abide by the conditions of his release.
The teen was released on April 3 with the following conditions:
- The youth will be required to wear a GPS system ankle bracelet that will be installed and monitored by the RCMP;
- The youth must attend court when required;
- The youth must be with at least one of the responsible persons at all times;
- The youth must not be in possession of any electronic communication devices that can access the internet;
- The youth must not have any computer, smartphone, tablet or any such device capable of accessing the internet;
- The youth must not be in possession of weapons of any kind;
- The youth must not have possession of explosive devices or anything that could cause bodily harm or threaten any person;
- The youth must make himself amenable to follow the rules of the residence of the responsible person;
- He must participate in educational programming arranged by the responsible person;
- The youth must remain in the province of Ontario at all times;
- The youth must refrain from any communication with Hussam Alzahabi;
- The youth may only access the internet for educational purposes on prior consent from police;
- The youth must not be in possession of a passport.
The specific condition he is accused of breaching is also protected under a publication ban.
He was originally arrested on Jan. 24 during RCMP raids in the city for allegedly facilitating terrorist activity and counselling someone to plant a bomb.
Since his arrest, he was handed three more charges — two federal charges for allegedly possessing explosive materials and for taking action to cause an explosion, as well as a provincial charge for allegedly uttering threats.
Just over a week after the youth was released, the Crown asked a Youth Court judge for a new bail hearing.
The judge had delayed the decision on the Crown’s request for several weeks, but since the youth has been charged again, according to Simon Borys, the youth’s defence counsel, a new bail hearing will automatically take place.
He will appear again in court on April 30. A date for his new bail hearing has not yet been set.
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