One youth was charged with “knowingly facilitating a terrorist activity.”
The RCMP has provided an update on the arrest of two individuals in Kingston.
One youth – who cannot be named due to the Youth Criminal Justice Act – has been charged with the following:
Knowingly facilitating a terrorist activity, contrary to section 83.19 of the Criminal Code; and,
Counselling a person to deliver, place, discharge or detonate an explosive or other lethal device to, into, in or against a place of public use with intent to cause death or serious bodily injury, contrary to section 431.2 of the Criminal Code, offence which was not committed, and did thereby commit an offence contrary to section 464(a) of the Criminal Code.
The RCMP says ‘precursor materials’ for Improvised Explosive Devices were found at one of the homes raided.
They say a ‘credible’ attack plot was discovered, though a location and time was not set.
Another individual – identified by media reports as Hussam Alzahabi – has also been arrested. Charges have not yet been laid against him. RCMP says the deadline for his release – if he is not charged – is 24 hours.
Chief Superintendent Michael LeSage said the following:
“I want to reassure the citizens of the greater Kingston, Ontario area and all Canadians, that during the investigation, our primary focus was the safety and protection of the public,” said Chief Superintendent Michael LeSage, Criminal Operations Officer in O Division. “I would also like to highlight the efforts of our INSET here in Ontario which worked diligently to obtain the evidence required for these charges. Investigations of this nature are complex and require significant time and resources to come to a successful conclusion, while ensuring public safety at all times.”
The RCMP is also encouraging citizens to “remain vigilant and report suspect activity to the police.”
Here’s the press conference:
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