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Burnaby man accused of terrorist activity

By Michael Mui, 24 Hours Vancouver

Smoke rises during heavy fighting last week in Syria.

Smoke rises during heavy fighting last week in Syria. (REUTERS)

Mounties have charged a Burnaby man for allegedly leaving Canada to join Islamist fighters in Syria.

According to a statement released by Sgt. Greg Cox, the RCMP’s Integrated National Security Enforcement Team filed charges on July 17 against 25-year-old Hasibullah Yusufzai “for leaving Canada to take part in terrorist activity.”

“The accused is being sought for leaving Canada on Jan. 21, 2014, to commit an offence for the benefit of, at the direction of, or in association with a terrorist group, contrary to section 83.201 of the Criminal Code,” the statement reads.

That section of the code is a section of the Combating Terrorism Act brought in last year that made it an indictable offence for anyone who leaves Canada for the benefit of, or at the direction of, a terrorist group.

“The individual is known to have travelled to Syria to join Islamist fighters,” Mounties said.

“As this remains an ongoing investigation, the RCMP has no further comments. However, we continue to work actively with our international partners.”


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