Quebec teen terror case judge rejects request to throw out charge
Judge Dominique Wilhelmy says there is enough evidence to move forward on charge
Quebec Youth Court Judge Dominique Wilhelmy has rejected a request to throw out one of the terrorism charges against a Lachine teenager, saying there is enough evidence to move forward.
The defence argued there is not enough evidence that the 16-year-old accused was acting under the direction of a terrorist organization or in the benefit of one when he conducted an armed robbery of a convenience store in October 2014.
The teen faces two terror-related charges — participation in the activity of a terrorist group and attempting to leave Canada to participate in a terrorist group — and has already pleaded guilty to armed robbery. Crown prosecutors allege he committed the robbery for the benefit of an unspecified terrorist organization.
Prosecutors argued that there is evidence that his actions were linked to a terrorist organization because of statements made by the accused, his father and mother as well as conversations on Twitter between the accused and Martin Couture-Rouleau, the Quebec man who was killed after driving his car into two Canadian soldiers.
The crown brought up statements made by the father that suggest the accused attempted to purchase a flight to Turkey to make his way to Syria with his father's credit card.
The father said the bank rejected the purchase because it was unusual. He said his son told him he would find a way to get to Syria to fight against the Assad regime.
The crown also brought up comments made by the mother of the accused saying she had hidden all the knives in the family home because she was afraid.