Montreal teen sentenced to 3 years for terror-related charges
Lachine teen first in Canada to be convicted for trying to leave Canada to join terror group
A Montreal teenager has been sentenced to three years on two terrorism-related charges.
The 16-year-old was found guilty in December of committing a robbery in association with a terrorist organization and of planning to leave Canada to participate in the activities of a terrorist group abroad.
The Lachine teenager is the first Canadian to be convicted of attempting to leave the country to participate in terrorism-related activities – one of the federal anti-terror laws passed in 2013.
He will serve 16 months in youth detention, followed by eight months of community service and one year of probation.
Teen with 'enormous potential'
The teenager's lawyer, Tiago Murias, said his client had "evolved enormously" since the case first came to light when the boy was turned over to police by his worried parents, when he was just 15.
"He is a very bright youth with enormous potential to be reintegrated into society," Murias said, adding that the judge and Crown prosecutor, along with the teen and his parents, agreed on the sentence.
"He is a young man with a future, who has accepted his sentence with serenity, finding it fair and reasonable."
With files from the Canadian Press