World Canadian man found guilty of trying to join IS group

01:35  20 june  2017
01:35  20 june  2017 Source:   AFP

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Ismael Habib, the son of an Afghan father and a Canadian mother, had sought to reach Syria to join the Islamic State group© Provided by AFP Ismael Habib, the son of an Afghan father and a Canadian mother, had sought to reach Syria to join the Islamic State group

A 29-year-old Canadian man on Monday became the first to be found guilty at trial under a law banning people from trying to leave Canada to commit a terrorist act.

Ismael Habib, the son of an Afghan father and a Canadian mother, had sought to reach Syria to join the Islamic State group. He came under police investigation in 2015 and was arrested last year.

His wife and two young children were reportedly living in the war-torn nation.

Habib did not have a valid passport because it had been revoked after a failed 2012 attempt to reach Syria in which he was detained in Turkey and deported to Canada.

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Conviction makes 16-year-old 1st Canadian guilty of trying to travel to join terror group . The 16-year-old from Lachine was also found guilty Thursday of committing a crime in association with a terrorist organization.

Jurors have found a Toronto man guilty of attempting to join Al-Shabab, the Somali terrorist group responsible for last The counseling charge stemmed from advice Hersi gave an undercover Toronto police officer playing the role of a Somali- Canadian who wanted to travel to Somalia to join Al-Shabab.

It was revealed at trial that Habib met a man who turned out to be an undercover policeman in an effort to obtain a fake passport.

The defense argued that police tricked him into confessing that he wanted to travel overseas to join IS and die for God.

Prosecutor Lyne Decarie said she was "satisfied" with the verdict, while defense attorney Charles Monpetit said it was "a bit of a shock."

Sentencing arguments are scheduled for August.

Habib faces up to 10 years in prison under Canada's terrorism act, which enables authorities to bring charges against anyone suspected of participating in the activity of a terrorist group.

It also applies to cases in which a person "leaves or attempts to leave Canada."

In the past three years, authorities have detained several Canadians, including minors, for attempting to join IS.

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