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Ont. terror suspect linked to Taliban, report suggests

One of three Ontario men charged in connection with an alleged terrorism plot has been linked to the Pakistan Taliban, according to a news report.
Three Ontario men — from left, Misbahuddin Ahmed, Khurram Sher and Hiva Alizadeh — have been charged in connection with an alleged domestic terrorism plot. They appeared via video link before an Ottawa courtroom on Wednesday. ((Sarah Wallace/CBC))

One of three Ontario men charged in connection with an alleged terrorism plot has been linked to the Pakistan Taliban, according to a news report.

The unconfirmed report comes from The Daily Times newspaper in Pakistan, which did not reveal its source nor indicate which of the three accused it believes had direct contact with the Tehrik-e-Taliban.

The U.S. State Department has officially designated the Tehrik-e-Taliban as a "foreign terrorist organization," although it does not appear on the Canadian government's list of groups associated with terrorism.

Tehrik-e-Taliban was behind the attempted bombing of New York's Times Square in May. Last week the group threatened to attack foreign aid workers in the flood-affected areas of Pakistan.

Meanwhile, all three Ontario men facing terror-related charges appeared via video link before an Ottawa court on Wednesday, but only one had a bail hearing scheduled.

The three, who were arrested and charged last week, remain in custody.

Hiva Mohammad Alizadeh, 30, Misbahuddin Ahmed, 26, both of Ottawa, and Khurram Syed Sher, 28, of London are accused of conspiring to facilitate terrorism with others in Canada, Afghanistan, Iran, Pakistan and Dubai over the past two years.

Alizadeh is also charged with possessing an explosive substance with intent to harm, and providing property or financial services for the benefit of a terrorist group.

Ahmed will appear in person at a bail hearing scheduled for Sept. 15, after Crown lawyers said they have provided his defence lawyers with bail briefings outlining the charges against the three men.

Sher will be back in remand court on Sept. 3 via video link to make arrangements for his bail hearing, a date of which has not been set.

Other prisoners heckle Alizadeh

Alizadeh will return to remand court on Sept. 16 to schedule his bail hearing.

The men wore orange prison jumpsuits and were brought into a grey room for the hearing one by one along with other prisoners.

Some other prisoners heckled Alizadeh, asking him when he was coming into the general population of the jail. He didn't answer and his lawyer would not clarify whether he was being held in the jail's general population.

The whole process took only a few minutes and the men waited patiently to be returned to their cells.

Lawyers for both Sher and Alizadeh said they needed more time to review the Crown's case against their clients before proceeding with a bail hearing.