A Guelph, Ont., man charged with two terror-related offences beneath the Criminal Code has been denied bail.
Ikar Mao, 22, appeared in Ontario Provincial Court in Brampton, Ont., Wednesday morning. Court heard proof from witnesses, however due to a publication ban, the small print can’t be reported.
In his choice Thursday, Justice G. Paul Renwick mentioned he was not happy Mao’s defence met the bottom for launch. Mao will stay in custody till trial.
RCMP charged Mao on Dec. 6 with one depend of participation in exercise of a terrorist group and one depend of leaving Canada to take part in exercise of a terrorist group.
The latter cost is a brand new addition to the Criminal Code, introduced in in 2013, making it unlawful for a person to go away or try to go away the nation with the intent of committing an act of terrorism. Since then, 12 individuals have been charged with travel-related terrorism offences: three have been convicted; 4 have excellent warrants; two are awaiting trial; and one has had the charges withdrawn.
According to Public Safety Canada’s 2018 report on the terrorism menace to Canada, a complete of 55 individuals have been charged with terrorism offences beneath the Criminal Code since 2001.
Detained in Turkey
Mao had been dwelling beneath 19 strict court-imposed circumstances for the earlier month earlier than being taken into custody by RCMP.
The charges adopted an investigation by the Integrated National Security Enforcement Team in Ontario. It is just not identified what proof led to the charges.
As CBC News has beforehand reported, Mao and his spouse have been detained in Turkey for 3 months after they have been picked up by Turkish officers close to the Syrian border in July.
According to Turkish data considered by CBC News, they have been held due to fears they have been making an attempt to hitch ISIS.
The couple denied these claims. They have been launched with out charges and allowed to return to Canada in October.
RCMP declined to touch upon the case or say whether or not Mao’s spouse was additionally at present beneath investigation, citing the publication ban on the case. Public Safety declined remark to CBC News and deferred to the RCMP.