Terror suspect Mohamed Hersi bail decision reserved until April 29 in Brampton

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A Toronto man facing terrorism charges after allegedly planning to join a Somali group linked to al-Qaida will have to wait another week to find out if he’ll get bail. A two-day bail hearing for Mohamed Hersi wrapped up Thursday with the justice of the peace reserving her decision until April 29.

Hersi was arrested at Toronto’s Pearson Airport last month on his way to Cairo via London. Police allege the 25-year-old planned to join the Somali militant group al-Shabaab, which is trying to overthrow Somalia’s transitional government. Canada has labelled the group a terrorist organization, and Hersi’s lawyer Anser Farooq said last week outside court that his client had no intention of becoming a member of Al-Shabaab and was set up by a man who tried to be friend him.

Evidence presented during the bail hearing can’t be reported due to a court-ordered publication ban.
Police suspect several young Canadians have gone to Somalia to join the group in recent years.Police allege that his final destination was Somalia, where he planned to join al-Shabab. Mohamed Hersi, a Canadian citizen who quit his job in preparation for the trip, was traveling alone and did not resist arrest, Finn said.

Mohamed Hassan Hersi was charged under Canada’s anti-terrorism law for attempting to participate in terrorist activity and for providing counsel to a person to participate in a terrorist activity, said Finn, who heads the RCMP’s Ontario Integrated National Security Enforcement Team.

The arrest was the culmination of a six-month investigation of Hersi known by police as “Project Severe.” Police were tipped off to Mohamed Hersi’s alleged involvement with terrorist organizations in 09/2010, said Toronto Police Superintendent Tom Fitzgerald.

Police have seized evidence from Mohamed Hersi but would not elaborate on what items were taken. “There was nothing within the investigation that would suggest a direct threat to Canadians within Canada,” Finn said. “However, the issue of radicalization and of people from Canada traveling overseas and receiving that type of further indoctrination and training remains a concern.”

Source: Portions from International News Agences

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