RCMP seek peace bond for Tevis Gonyou-McLean over terror concerns

Just two days after known ISIS supporter Aaron Driver was killed in a confrontation with police, RCMP in Ottawa arrested a 24-year-old man over concerns he would engage in terrorism.

Tevis Gonyou-McLean barred from communicating with 6 others, including convicted Larmond twins

Just two days after known ISIS supporter Aaron Driver was killed in a confrontation with police in Strathroy, Ont., RCMP in Ottawa arrested a 24-year-old man over concerns he would engage in terrorism.

Police took Tevis David Gonyou-McLean of Ottawa into custody on Aug. 12, alleging he uttered a threat to cause death or bodily harm "to unspecified persons," according to court documents.

RCMP are now trying to convince a judge to issue an extraordinary peace bond against Gonyou-McLean. On Aug. 19, an officer swore before a provincial court judge that she feared, based on the alleged threat, that Gonyou-McLean might:

  • Leave Canada to participate in the activity of a terrorist group.
  • Participate in the activity of a terrorist group.
  • Commission an offence for a terrorist group.

The peace bond — an extra security measure police sometimes seek in terrorism-related cases — has not yet been granted. Approximately 23 terrorism-related peace bond applications have been filed since 2006, according to a spokesperson for the Public Prosecution Service of Canada.

Released on $1,000 bond

On Aug. 26, after two weeks in custody, Gonyou-McLean was released on a $1,000 bond with orders to abide by 27 conditions, including:

  • That he wear an electronic GPS tracking device on his ankle at all times. 
  • That he live at the Salvation Army's special care unit, a short-stay program for men who need extra help with medical conditions, mental health or addiction.
  • That he continue to​ work at a pizza shop in Ottawa's Alta Vista neighbourhood.
  • That he show up at a bail supervision program every weekday morning and attend any rehabilitative programs recommended by his bail supervisor.
  • That he not possess any device that connects to the internet, and that he allow police to search his home for any such devices.
  • That he not view or otherwise access any materials of listed terror groups that advocate or support the use of violence or espouse extremist or radical views to achieve political, religious or ideological ends.
  • That he not possess anything with an ISIS/ISIL/Islamic state logo.

Gonyou-McLean is also barred from communicating with six people, including Ottawa twin brothers Ashton and Carlos Larmond, who are currently serving prison sentences for terror-related offences. He also can't communicate with Awso Peshdary, who is awaiting pre-trial in December for terror-related offences, and Luqmann Abdunnur.

At least one security expert doesn't believe those conditions go far enough, however.

'Why isn't he being held?'

"It would seem to me that if he's charged, then why isn't he being held?" asked Phil Gurski, a former CSIS agent who now runs a private security firm. 

"That's an interesting question about whether or not people accused of terrorism offences, or potential terrorism offences, should be released on bail. That's a whole other argument we have to ask."

Gurski suggested the RCMP may be seeking the extraordinary peace bond in case the charges and conditions against Gonyou-McLean are dropped.

Gonyou-McLean's next court appearance is scheduled for Sept. 28.