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VANCOUVER – A British Columbia man accused of posting Islamic State propaganda online has pleaded not guilty to four terrorism-related offences.

Othman Hamdan is in B.C. Supreme Court facing charges of encouraging the commission of murder, assault and mischief, all for terrorist purposes.

He is also accused of inducing and instructing someone to carry out a terrorist act, whether directly or indirectly.
The court is hearing arguments today about whether comments made by Hamdan to police officers in November 2014 should be admitted to court as evidence.

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Hamdan was arrested in Fort St. John in July 2015 for alleged offences dating back to the previous September.  None of the allegations has been proven in court and the pre-trial proceedings are expected to last four weeks.  An RCMP statement at the time of his arrest said the propaganda included instructions to kill in the name of jihad.

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