No full parole for any of the Toronto 18 terrorists

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No full parole for one of the Toronto group terrorists 18

Muhammad Shareef Abdelhaleem had been found guilty of wanting to detonate bombs in 2006.

Muhammad Shareef Abdelhaleem during his trial in Ontario Superior Court in Brampton in 2010.

The Parole Board of Canada has refused to grant one of those responsible for the failed attacks on federal buildings in Toronto. Muhammad Shareef Abdelhaleem was sentenced in 2011 to life in prison without the right to parole for 10 years on terrorism-related charges.

At the time, the trial of the Toronto 18 [as it was agreed to call them, editor’s note] had been resounding in Brampton. They had all been arrested in 2006, shortly before the execution of their plan.

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On the first day of their trial, snipers had been placed on the roof of the courthouse at the request of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.

The 18 individuals planned to do detonating truck bombs in front of the Toronto Stock Exchange, the Canadian Secret Service office across from the CBC building downtown, and a military base in the Toronto area.

Muhammad Shareef Abdelhaleem during his arrest by the RCMP.

Muhammad Shareef Abdelhaleem is the one who provided the chemical fertilizers to his accomplices to make the explosives, as Timothy McVeigh did in the Oklahoma City bombing in 1995.

The attacks had failed thanks to the intervention of an RCMP mole, who had infiltrated their cell. The group's objective was to force the Harper government to withdraw the Canadian army contingent in Afghanistan.

In a decision of which Radio-Canada obtained a copy, the Commission writes that the individual still poses too great a risk to release him entirely.

It is the opinion of the Commission that the seriousness of your actions and their potentially devastating nature call for caution, it says.

The individual of Egyptian descent has already been living in a Montreal halfway house since being granted partial day parole in January 2021 after performing well in prison.

A psychiatrist argues that Muhammad Shareef Abdelhaleem still has a low risk of recidivism.

The Toronto Stock Exchange was one of three targets the Toronto 18 had chosen to carry out their attack simultaneously.< /p>

Muhammad Shareef Abdelhaleem had reconnected with his Islamic faith after a life of debauchery drinking, taking drugs and living a life of luxury. He became a Canadian citizen in 1993.

The Commission explains that he has made progress towards his reintegration, that he is working and that he has the support of his family, which is encouraging, but insufficient.

You show no radical thinking on any subject, but you still seem so sensitive to injustice in the world, the Commission continues.

However, the document mentions that he is off work due to illness. The nature of his part-time job was not specified, other than that he worked at an employment agency.

The Canadian military base involved in the plot was never identified during the trial, but the RCMP believe it was the Trenton base in east of Toronto.

It nevertheless concludes that Muhammad Shareef Abdelhaleem poses an undue risk to society and that [his] full release will not help protect the public by facilitating [his] reintegration into society as a law-abiding citizen on full parole.< /p>

She says she took into consideration the nature and seriousness of the charges for which he was found guilty and the negative comments of the psychologist in charge of his evaluation.

Although you expressed your disagreement with him in May 2022, the psychologist raises questions about your ability to manage your emotions, which could lead to the making of inappropriate decisions, specifies the Commission in its 7-page judgment.


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The Commission is now granting him supervised visits to Toronto to see his family. Never mind, the individual is still subject to three conditions.

Mr. Abdelhaleem must continue to follow deradicalization programs, refrain from occupying any position of spiritual leader in groupings and not come into contact with any individual who is or has been engaged in subversive criminal activities. /p>

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