RCMP mole’s conduct defended, Gave sympathetic advice to accused youth at jihadist winter camp, Crown attorney contends
The police informant who infiltrated an alleged homegrown terror cell tried to moderate the tone of its jihadist training camp with a speech he delivered there, a Brampton court was told yesterday.
The informant even encouraged a troubled teen at the camp to move back home with his parents, Crown prosecutor John Neander told the court.
Neander was arguing against a motion by the youth’s lawyers, who allege their client was entrapped by paid RCMP mole Mubin Shaikh.
“(The youth) resisted the advice from Mr. Shaikh to disassociate himself from (the camp ringleader),” said Neander, pointing out Shaikh counselled the recent convert to Islam to seek religious guidance and mend a troubled relationship with his family.
Neander also said that while at the December 2005 camp, which took place in Washago, Ont., Shaikh delivered a “halaqa” that tempered the ringleader’s jihadi rhetoric and exhortations to destroy “Rome,” a reference to western nations.
“(Shaikh) referenced the suffering of Muslims, but never said what should be done about it,” Neander told Superior Court Justice John Sproat. “Shaikh’s lesson moderated the tone of the camp.”
Defence counsel Mitchell Chernovsky and Faisal Mirza have argued that Shaikh used his religious knowledge and his influence as a camp trainer to lure their client, whom they portray as an impressionable teen, into the alleged terror group.
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