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Fort St. John man acquitted of terrorism charges suing provincial and federal governments

Othman Hamdan is escorted from court in Fort St. John in July, 2015. File photo
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VANCOUVER, B.C. — Othman Ayed Hamdan, who was acquitted of terrorism-related charges for posts he made on social media last year, is suing both the provincial and federal governments for when he argues is a violation of his charter rights.

According to the Canadian Press, Hamdan was arrested in Fort St. John in the summer of 2015 and charged with four terror-related offences for 85 Facebook posts in which he supported some actions of Islamic State militants and celebrated “lone wolf” terrorists. A B.C. Supreme Court judge ruled last year that Hamdan’s comments might have been offensive, but they didn’t constitute inciting terrorism.

The 35-year-old Jordanian national remains incarcerated pending an immigration review. In his notice of civil claim, Hamdan argues that the only reason he is incarcerated is to stop him from accessing a computer and voicing his opinions, which he argues is a violation of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

He says both the provincial and federal governments prosecuted him despite evidence supporting his guilt, chose to ignore evidence that supported his innocence, and caused him the loss of his liberty and reputation.

Neither government has filed a statement of defence, and none of the allegations have been proven in Court.

Story courtesy The Canadian Press: http://nationalpost.com/pmn/news-pmn/canada-news-pmn/b-c-man-acquitted-of-terror-charges-sues-provincial-federal-governments

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