An Edmonton man wanted in the United States for terrorism told RCMP that he sent money out of the country to Islamic guerrilla fighters, a court heard today.


Sayfildin Tahir Sharif, shown in an undated photo, is fighting extradition to the United States. (Facebook)

The comments came from parts of a videotaped RCMP interview with Sayfildin Tahir Sharif, 40.

A judge is tasked with deciding if the man will be extradited to the United States to face charges of murdering five soldiers in Iraq.

Sharif, a Canadian citizen, faces charges of aiding in the murder of the soldiers who were killed on April 10, 2009, when a truck filled with explosives blew up near the gate of Forward Operating Base Marez in Mosul, Iraq.

During the lengthy recorded interview,  he admits sending money to fund "his brothers...the Mujahideen."

On the tape, Cpl. Ian Ross accuses Sharif of trying to recruit suicide bombers over the Internet.

 "You tell them you should put on a suicide belt and go blow themselves up," the RCMP officer said.

"Don't talk to me about the suicide.  I don't believe in that," Sharif responded.

The officer then played a taped a conversation in Arabic between Sharif and a Moroccan woman, where he allegedly asks her: "Do you want to be in heaven and have the angels around you?"

"It's very clear you are glorifying somebody carrying out a suicide attack and martyrdom," Ross said.

Sharif says he wouldn't put Canadians in danger

"We didn't just pick your name out of a hat okay?" Ross told Sharif in a segement of ther tape played Wednesday in the courtroom.

"We've been conducting an investigation for a long time. I know you're connected with a group of people who would bring harm to Canada."

In the video, Sharif continues to insist he's innocent.

Then Ross played a four-and-a-half minute telephone conversation in Arabic between Sharif and his brother.

"Clearly this conversation is about you wanting a job in the group," Ross tells Sharif in the interview. "You want to meet your brother's boss in the group he works for — the terrorist group.

Sharif responds, "Whatever I tell you, you are not going to believe me."

When Sharif's interview with RCMP finally ended, he is interrogated by the FBI.

With files from Janice Johnston