h/t Geller Report who writes:
And this is why the obfuscation and misunderstanding of motive is so very dangerous. Judge Ian MacDonnell said Ayanle Hassan Ali’s actions in May attack did not fit the intended scope of Canadian terrorism laws. “While it is common ground that the defendant had become radicalized, there is no evidence of any connection between him and any other person or group in relation to the attack.” The connection is to Islam. The group or organization is not the cause or the problem, it is the ideology. And whether in a group, in an army, or by individual act, the motive is the same, jihad — holy war.
According to Toronto police Chief Mark Saunders, Ali said, “Allah told me to do this, Allah told me to come here and kill people,” during the attack.
TORONTO — A man with schizophrenia who attacked soldiers at a military recruitment centre in Toronto was acquitted of terror charges and found not criminally responsible for lesser offences on Monday as a judge ruled his actions didn’t fit the intended scope of the country’s terrorism laws.
Ayanle Hassan Ali‘s radical religious and ideological beliefs were largely the result of his mental illness, Judge Ian MacDonnell found as he ordered the 30-year-old to remain at a forensic psychiatry unit while plans for his care could be determined.
“While it is common ground that the defendant had become radicalized, there is no evidence of any connection between him and any other person or group in relation to the attack,” MacDonnell said.
“The intention of Parliament in enacting (the relevant terror legislation) was not to capture the kind of lone-wolf criminal behaviour engaged in by the defendant,” he added.
Ali’s attack was nonetheless a “deeply disturbing assault on one of the pillars of Canadian peace and security,” MacDonnell said, as he found him not criminally responsible for attempted murder, assault and weapons offences.
At least two military personnel were left with minor injuries after Ali entered a recruitment centre in north Toronto in March 2016 and began slashing at people with a kitchen knife.
Ali had pleaded not guilty to three counts of attempted murder, three counts of assault with a weapon, two counts of assault causing bodily harm and one count of carrying a weapon for the purpose of committing an offence, all in association with, for the benefit, or at the direction of a terror organization.
His lawyers said their client should never have faced terror charges which, by definition, require that the accused commits an offence “for the benefit of, at the direction of or in association with” a terror group.
“This was a case where the Crown overreached,” defence attorney Nader Hasan said outside court.
“They had someone who they thought looked the part of the terrorist when, in reality, they had someone who committed a terrible, terrible act who is mentally ill and they should have proceeded in that fashion, rather than overreaching for terrorism.”
Ali became angry over Canadian military involvement in Muslim countries and came to feel that if he martyred himself all his sins would be forgiven in the afterlife, the doctors said.