CALGARY — RCMP in Alberta have laid terrorism charges in absentia against a Calgary man they believe has gone overseas to fight with the Islamic State. Here’s a look as some other absentia charges the RCMP have laid this year.
Ahma Waseem: The 27-year-old from Windsor, Ont., was charged in June with facilitating a terrorist activity, participating in terrorist activity and leaving Canada to participate in the activities of a terrorist group. RCMP allege he used a reported lost passport to travel to Syria in November 2013 to fight for the Islamic State. There have been reports he died while fighting in Syria, but the RCMP have been unable to confirm the information.
George Salloum: The former Syrian military intelligence officer believed to be in his mid fifties, was charged in February with the torture of Canadian Maher Arar. Arar gave false confessions under torture in Syria about supposed involvement with Osama bin Laden’s al-Qaida network. A federal inquiry later concluded that the faulty information the RCMP passed to the United States very probably led to Arar’s ordeal.
Khadar Khalib: The 23-year-old from Ottawa was charged in February with leaving Canada to participate in a terrorist group, participating in terrorist activity and counselling a person to participate in terrorist activity. RCMP allege he travelled to Syria in March 2014 to join the Islamic State.
John Douglas Maguire: The 24-year-old from Ottawa was also charged in February with the same offences, as well as with facilitating an activity for a terrorist group. RCMP allege he travelled to Turkey in December 2012. There have been reports of his death, but RCMP say they can’t confirm it. Maguire gained notoriety last year when he appeared in an extremist recruiting video that urged Muslims to launch attacks against Canadians.
The Canadian Press