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ISIS supporter threatened to bomb RCMP HQ in Surrey, officer testifies

Kim Bolan

Facebook has removed these pages for inappropriate content. The Sun has learned that Othman Hamdan allegedly posted comments counselling murder and other acts of violence on these Facebook pages.

Facebook has removed these pages for inappropriate content. The Sun has learned that Othman Hamdan allegedly posted comments counselling murder and other acts of violence on these Facebook pages.

A gang-linked inmate in pretrial custody told police last December that his cell-mate Othman Hamdan threatened to "blow up" RCMP headquarters in Surrey, an immigration hearing heard Monday.

Vancouver Police Detective Trevor Fraser said he was interviewing the inmate at North Fraser Pretrial Centre about an unrelated case when the man disclosed information about Hamdan — his roommate in segregation.

Fraser testified before an Immigration and Refugee Board member that he didn't really know who Hamdan was, but later got information about the RCMP terrorism investigation into the former Fort St. John man.

Fraser said the gang inmate told him Hamdan was angry with the work RCMP translators did in investigation pro-Islamic State Facebook posts Hamdan made.

That is why Hamdan allegedly wanted to attack RCMP headquarters, Fraser told IRB member Trent Cook.

He said the inmate also disclosed that Hamdan had given him a USB stick with images of ISIS beheadings on it. The man offered the device to the VPD officer, who didn't think he had legal grounds to seize it.

Fraser said he believed the inmate's information because despite his incarceration, he indicated he "wanted to do the right thing."

On Sept. 22, Hamdan was acquitted by a B.C. Supreme Court judge of four terrorism charges that he had counselled others through his Facebook comments to commit murder, assault and mischief on behalf of ISIS.

Justice Bruce Butler said the evidence fell short of proving that Hamdan had tried to incite or encourage others to commit acts of violence, even though he clearly celebrated that violence online.

Despite his acquittal, Hamdan has remained in custody because the CBSA is investigating whether he should be allowed to stay in Canada given his support for the terrorist group.

Hamdan crossed into B.C. from the U.S. in 2002 and made a successful refugee claim based on his conversion to Christianity at the time. The Jordanian national and Palestinian never obtained Canadian citizenship or permanent residence status.

CBSA official Randal Hyland argued Monday that Hamdan is a danger to the public and should be held in custody until the agency completes its investigation into him.

Hyland called Fraser as a witness and read through parts of an RCMP expert report that indicated Hamdan might be more dangerous now than before his 2015 arrest because he feels victimized by the police investigation into him.

He has been in custody since his July 10, 2015 arrest in Fort St. John, where he was working in construction at the time.

The hearing continues.

Here are some of Hamdan's Facebook Posts that were part of the evidence against him:

Post 9: This was re-posted by Mr. Hamdan on “Al-Uqab. The Banner” on October 22, 2014 in reference to the vehicle attacks committed by Martin Rouleau in Quebec: “A Muslim brother is martyred by the Canadian police after he killed Canadian Soldier in retaliation to Canada’s crimes in Iraq.” The post was written in both English and Arabic. There are numerous hashtags including #ISIS and #Canada.

Post 10: This was re-posted by Mr. Hamdan on “Al-Uqab. The Banner” on October 22, 2014 in reference to the shooting of a Canadian soldier by Michael Zehaf-Bibeau at the Cenotaph in Ottawa: “The Muslim brother martyred today have attacked parliament with a rifle shooting politician inside.” Below this comment, which is written in English, additional text in Arabic suggests that the attack occurred because the attacker was denied the ability to immigrate to Syria to fight.

Post 11: Mr. Hamdan wrote this post and cartoon in English. He posted it on “Al-Uqab. The Banner” on October 22, 2014. The post asks if people understand what happened in Ottawa. The cartoon suggests that if the USA is arresting Muslims who want to travel to Syria to join ISIS, then jihadists will say “...let’s stay here and bring the fight to their towns!”

Post 15: Mr. Hamdan wrote this post in English on October 24, 2014 on “Al-Uqab. The Banner.” It shows three long lines of cartoon figures with black arm patches intended to represent the ISIS banner and reads: “The Power of Suggestion!!!!!!! Wolves Wolves Wolves .. Lone Wolves Everywhere!”

Post 17: Mr. Hamdan wrote this post in English on October 26, 2014 on “Al-Uqab. The Banner”. It refers to the battle for the city of Kobani: “IS is winning more ground…and the lone wolves are hitting you in the heart of your lands”. The post ends with a smiley face emoticon.

Post 18: On October 26, 2014, Mr. Hamdan re-posted on “Al-Uqab. The Banner” two photos of Martin Rouleau and the statement, written in English, “…the Real Hero for hitting the Evil Canadian forces on their own soil in retaliation for the Canadians supporting the Shiite gangs in Iraq”. Text in Arabic below identifies Martin Rouleau as, “Your Muslim brother who ran over two Canadian soldiers...”.

Post 19: On January 25, 2015, Mr. Hamdan re-posted on “Al-Uqab. The Banner” a drawing of a Canadian flag dripping with blood and the statement, written in English, “In response to #Harper’s policy of “no restrictions” on the #Canadian criminal forces in Iraq… Islamic State issues activation order to Lone wolves in #Canada with “no restrictions” on targets… If you are looking for someone to blame … it is your “Elected” prime minister…”.

Post 24: On January 31, 2015, Mr. Hamdan re-posted on “The Defeat of the Alliance”, a post that states, in English, “…the beheadings did not start till you started the war on us…it’s all on your hand…which country of the #Alliance is next!! #ISIS”.

Post 31: Mr. Hamdan wrote a number of posts on the wall of the Facebook pages, “Gold Dinars 100” and “The Defeat of the Alliance”, referring to the reward ISIS offered for killing Jordanian pilots. The reward was issued after ISIS shot down a Jordanian plane and captured and killed the pilot. This post was in Arabic on the “Adam Khalifa” Timeline and was published on February 5, 2015. It read in part: “There is 100 Gold Dinars waiting for you. Are you rejecting the alliance with the crusaders??! Are you Broke?!! Do you reside in Jordan?!!”

Post 37: This post was written by Mr. Hamdan in Arabic on his “Adam Khalifa” profile on February 20, 2015. Mr. Hamdan says his presence on Facebook is “to support the Mujahedeen … and to terrorize the enemy … and to encourage jihad until Allah writes martyrdom for me. O God grant us a car with buttons or weaponry sufficient for an infiltration operation in the midst of the enemy”.

Post 40: This was re-posted by Mr. Hamdan on “The Defeat of the Alliance” Timeline on February 25, 2015. It states, in English, “…our advice to supporters in the #US…carry your actions there…swiftly lone wolves activate all across #USA”.

Post 42: This is one of numerous posts that Mr. Hamdan wrote complaining of Facebook’s deletion of accounts that mention ISIS favourably and use ISIS symbols. This infuriated Mr. Hamdan. On February 26, 2015, he wrote in English on “The Defeat of the Alliance” Timeline: “Face Book has deleted over 100K accounts of #ISIL supporters in the last 2 days .. most of whom have not violated a single rule on FB .. most came back but over 2000 did not .. they went to the next stage J which like we told you before they either turn into lone wolves and attack you on your soil .. or immigrate to the land of the majestic #Caliphate”. He went on to thank Facebook for being the main recruiter for #ISIS.

Post 43: Mr. Hamdan re-posted this on the “Adam Khalifa” page on March 4, 2015. It is about a shooting at the NSA building in Baltimore on March 4, 2015. Parts of the post are written in Arabic and parts in English. An English section of the post states “lone wolves…we salute you #Islamic State is the solution”.

Post 50: This is the most important of the Key Posts. The post was captured twice from “The Defeat of the Alliance” Timeline: first on March 12, 2015 and then on March 21, 2015. The full post was not captured on March 12, 2015 as C.M. Spearman did not expand the “Continue Reading” tab at the bottom of the post. On March 21, 2015, she did expand it and captured the entire post (the “Lone Wolf Post”). Mr. Hamdan says he placed this post on the Facebook page on both occasions at the request of the author. He said the author revised it slightly between the two posts.