Canada: Judge grants bail to ex-Gitmo jihadi who killed American soldier

Videos below. via Alberta judge grants Omar Khadr bail | Toronto Star.

A Canadian judge has granted Omar Khadr bail, offering the former Guantanamo Bay detainee his first taste of freedom after more than 12 years in custody.

Alberta Justice June Ross released her verdict Friday, a month after Khadr appeared in an Edmonton court appealing for bail while his Guantanamo conviction is being challenged in a Washington court.

“He has 12 ½ year track record as a model prisoner, and a release plan supported by educators, mental health professionals, and his lawyers,” Ross wrote.

“This is a circumstance where balancing a strong appeal and the public confidence in the administration of justice favour the same result.”

Khadr’s longtime Canadian lawyer, Dennis Edney, along with his wife Patricia, has offered to have Khadr live with them and provide whatever community supervision he may require.

A large community group in Edmonton — from imams and medical professionals, to professors at a Christian university where Khadr has been offered admission — has rallied around the 28-year-old.

Edney and lawyer Nathan Whitling, who argued the bail application, said they were delighted by the news. “Omar is fortunate to be back in Canada where we have real courts and real laws,” said Whitling.

Added Edney about Khadr’s release, “it has been a long time coming.”

Public Safety Minister Steven Blaney issued a statement saying he was “disappointed” by the decision and that the federal government plans to appeal. Ottawa could argue that Khadr must remain in custody until that appeal is heard.

“Our Government will continue to work to combat the international jihadi movement, which has declared war on Canada and her allies,” Blaney wrote.

A hearing will be held May 5 to determine the conditions of Khadr’s bail.

Khadr is currently held at Bowden Institute, in Innisfail, Alta. and has spent nearly half his life in custody. He was shot and captured in 2002, at the age of 15, during a firefight with American and Afghan soldiers. During the battle, U.S. Delta Forces soldier Christopher Speer was fatally wounded with a grenade.

The Pentagon charged Khadr with five offences under the Military Commissions Act (MCA), which were written years after Khadr’s alleged crimes.

Khadr’s U.S. lawyer is arguing that the Pentagon should not have retroactively prosecuted Khadr since killing a soldier in conflict was not a war crime until the Bush administration rewrote the laws of war after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks.

In 2010, Khadr confessed to throwing the grenade that killed Speer as part of a Pentagon plea deal that allowed him to return to Canada to serve the remainder of his eight-year sentence. He later said he could not remember the firefight and only pleaded guilty because he felt it was his “only hope” to get out of Guantanamo.


More on Khadr and his jihadist family:

Facts about Omar Khadr that the mainstream media won’t to tell you

More: Media whitewashing of Canadian jihadist Omar Khadr (video).

 

Toronto: Muslim gang charged with first degree murder (video)

via AlohaSnackBar.

The Dixon Road Bloods are back. Or, more accurately, they probably never left. The street gang that police say terrorized a north Etobicoke community a few years ago is now at the centre of a murder investigation, investigators allege.

Six purported members were arrested in Thursday morning raids in Toronto and charged with first degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder in the homicide of Malcolm Marfo, 22. The accused are: Lioban Hussein, alias Chunky, age 21; Mohamed Omar, 26; Saieed Hagi, 20; Sharmarke Farah, 18; Ali Mohamed Isse, 21; and a young offender who cannot be identified.

A seventh man, 21-year-old Hanad Farah, is also wanted for the slaying of Mr. Marfo, which occurred “minutes after the police had cleared the crime scene” of another shooting, on March 17, said Homicide Squad Staff Inspector Greg McLane.

Montreal: Anti-Islamization Rally Canceled Over Fears of…Islamic Violence

Proving once again that Islam is not about peace but rather about intimidation, violence and domination. via Pegida Cancels Montreal Rally at Police Advice Over Safety Concerns

MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Pegida (Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamization of the West) cancelled its planned rally in Montreal after police advised those who showed up for the event to leave, as a counter-demonstration had been organized on the spot, the group has announced.

“PEGIDA Quebec had to cancel its peaceful march,” the group said on its Facebook page, explaining that the decision was motivated by safety concerns and was made “at the advice of police.”

Hundreds of people reportedly showed up for a counter-demonstration against islamophobia in Montreal on Saturday, about 30 minutes before the Pegida march was set to begin in the same spot.

“We all know the Allah fanatics and how they can be violent,” Pegida’s Facebook message said.

The group added that it does not know the exact number of people who actually showed up for the planned Pegida Montreal march on Saturday. According to its Facebook page, 184 people RSVP’d to the event.

Pegida Canada Calls for Reformation of Islam, Plans March in Toronto

Pegida said that those who showed up for its Saturday march were “immediately intercepted by the police upon arrival” with the officers advising them “to leave for good.”

The group also said that it is preparing for a second rally, to be held in the same place — Little Maghreb neighborhood in Montreal’s suburbs — on April 4.

On Thursday, a source at Pegida Canada told Sputnik they were planning a rally in Toronto but did not specify a date.

 

Calgary: Three Muslims charged with sexual assault of 14-year-old girl

via Three men charged with sexual assault of 14-year-old Calgary girl – Calgary | Globalnews.ca. h/t Vlad

CALGARY – Police have charged three men with the sexual assault of a 14-year-old girl last year.

Investigators say the assaults occurred while the victim was spending time with the suspects at a southwest home on May 14th, 2014.

It’s alleged the 14-year-old girl was sexually assaulted by each of the men at separate times.

The allegations were brought forward to police in August of 2014, at which point officers launched an investigation to determine who the offenders were.

Police have charged 22-year-old Abas Ahmed Ibrahim (also known as Maxboy or Moe), 21-year-old Omar Kromah (also known as Nef) and 24-year-old Zakariya Mohamed Abdow (also known as Slickthug or Slimthug) with sexual assault, sexual interference with a child under 16 and invitation to sexual touching.

Investigators are asking anyone who has information about this case to call police.

Anyone who has had sexual contact with the three men is urged to contact a doctor and seek testing for sexually transmitted infections.

 

Canada: McGill Univ. rejects Muslim’s request for sharia-compliant women-only gym hours

But the school did pledge to punish staff with some Islamic dawah. via McGill rejects request for women-only gym hours | CTV Montreal News.

McGill University has rejected two students’ request to establish women-only hours at the on-campus gym.

In a news release, the school said it does not believe in segregating its services, and the fact that it is committed to making sure gym patrons are respectful toward each other were key factors in the decision.

The original request was made by law students Soumia Allalou and Raymond Grafton.

Allalou said that her initiative to dedicate three weekly one-hour women-only sessions per week was inspired by her religious beliefs as a Muslim but she said that all women would benefit.

“A couple of women messaged me and expressed that they would like to see women’s hours implemented. They feel intimidated using the weights section especially. They’ve been harassed, looked at, watched,” she has previously told CTV Montreal.

Though there are already women-only hours at the swimming pool [sic], the university said the pool is “by its nature a different environment than the gym.”

The statement goes on to explain that part of the goal of a recent renovation was to make the fitness centre “as comfortable as possible for all our clientele.”

“We encourage and will continue to encourage all our patrons to engage respectfully with one another, just as we expect all members of our community to treat each other equitably and respectfully in whatever context,” it says.

Among other ongoing measures, the school says it pledges to educate staff to make sure they “understand the needs and sensitivities of a diverse clientele.”

Aka: dawah.

McGill has amongst its graduates…a jihadi.

Canada: Two Muslims who plotted to derail NYC-Montreal train guilty on terror charges

Nary a day goes by without another arrest or conviction of Muslims involved in trying to kill non-Muslims. via Via Rail plot trial: Raed Jaser, Chiheb Esseghaier found guilty on several terror charges – Toronto – CBC News.

Raed Jaser and Chiheb Esseghaier, two men accused of plotting to derail a Via passenger train travelling between Canada and the U.S., have been found guilty of a series of terror-related charges.

Esseghaier was found guilty of all charges against him while Jaser was convicted on all but one charge. After 10 days of deliberation, the jury said it was “irrevocably deadlocked” on the charge against Jaser of “conspiring to interfere with transportation facilities for the benefit of a terrorist group.”

But Judge Michael Code told jurors he would accept their unanimous decision on the other charges.

Among other charges, both men were found guilty of conspiring to commit murder for the benefit of, at the direction of, or in association with a terrorist group.

Jaser’s lawyer had argued that his client was only pretending to be interested in the plan as part of an elaborate scheme to extract money from Esseghaier and the undercover officer.

Both men could face maximum punishment of life in prison.

The lead prosecutor Croft Michaelson said it was an overwhelming case in terms of evidence against the two men. But he said it was also a difficult and legally complex case, which is why it took the jurors 10 days to come to their verdicts.

Asked about the accused, Michaelson said he would describe them as “real serious public dangers.”

The court heard conversations in which Jaser and Esseghaier discussed their ideologies, the alleged plot to derail a Via Rail train travelling between New York and Toronto and other ideas for potential attacks, including Jaser’s alleged “sniper plot” idea, which would have been in retaliation for Canadian military actions in Muslim countries.

Jurors were also shown aerial surveillance of the two accused and the undercover officer scouting a railway bridge in September 2012 in broad daylight as several trains passed by only metres away.

Their presence on the bridge drew attention, and the men were stopped after they had returned to their vehicle by uniformed Toronto police officers who were unaware the men were under surveillance. The FBI agent told officers they were sightseeing and the men were given a warning.

Jaser, a Canadian permanent resident of Palestinian descent, pleaded not guilty. He did not testify in his own defence.

Esseghaier, a Tunisian national who was pursuing a PhD in Montreal when he and Jaser were arrested in April 2013, chose not to participate in his trial, because he wants to be judged by the rules of the Qur’an.

 

Toronto: Muslim who ‘honor killed’ wife gets life sentence with possibility of parole

An update on this post, Muslim disguised himself in burka, honor killed wife after she asked for divorce. Sentencing was actually a year ago but it was buried by Canadian news.

 

via She dumped the Niqab, and her Husband. He came back wearing a Niqab and killed her | Tarek Fatah.

By John Goddard

TORONTO—When her baby got a heart transplant at Sick Children’s Hospital, Bano Shahdady threw away her burka (niqab).

At twenty years old, after years of religious training, she also decided to return to public high school. With help from her son’s doctors and a social worker, she arranged to rent an apartment to leave her parents and husband.

It was there, two weeks after she moved in, that police found her strangled to death, her son left alone with the body for 15 hours, murdered by a man hiding his identity behind a burka (niqab).

On Wednesday, the husband Abdul Malik Rustam was sentenced to life in prison for the murder with no chance of parole for 17 years.

“A woman has an absolute right to end any relationship,” Judge John McMahon of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice told the court. He said that Rustam planned the attack, disguised himself in a burqa to gain access to the apartment, and justified his actions to police. The judge also said that the victim’s father forgave Rustam and pleaded for mercy in court on his behalf, without once mentioning the loss of his daughter.

Honour Killing

The facts, as the judge outlined them, pointed to an “honour killing,” a crime distinct from other murders because its motive is to cleanse perceived family dishonour caused by a wife’s or daughter’s behaviour. “Canada’s openness and generosity do not extend to barbaric cultural practices that tolerate… ‘honour killings,’” says the federal Discover Canada guide issued to new immigrants.

But the judge never said the two key words.

“Man gets life sentence for murdering wife,” read the Toronto Star’s headline, relegating the crime to a domestic abuse case.

The Toronto Sun went with, “Man who wore ‘burka’ sentenced in estranged wife’s killing.” Not a single other Canadian news outlet reported the story.

Bano Shahdady deserves better. Not only did she fight her attacker — by clawing at him and surviving his strangulation attempts for a full 30 minutes — but she also fought the Islamist social ideology that had kept her a vassal in her own home.

This is the story nobody else will tell.

Eleven days after Bano’s death in July 2011, a relative and a family friend, both of them men, spent two hours telling it to me. Both asked that their names not be used, saying that they could not officially speak for the family. Further information comes from an “agreed statement of facts” that Judge McMahon read aloud at the sentencing.

When she was 18 months old, Bano came to Toronto from Pakistan with her parents, the relative said. They settled in Scarborough, where her father joined the Islamist movement Tabligi Jamaat, meaning “Proselytizing Group.” He took a religious title, calling himself Mullah Abdul Ghafoor.

“She was very bright,” the relative said of Bano. “I remember her reading a thick Harry Potter book. She said, ‘Go to any page and read the first two sentences and I will tell you the rest.’ I thought she was bluffing. I went to page 20 and read the first two lines, and she told me the rest.”

When Bano was 13 or 14, her father pulled her out of her Canadian school and enrolled her in a Muslim religious school in Karachi, Pakistan. When she turned 17, he arranged for her to marry her first cousin, an illiterate tailor, who was 25. Almost right away, Bano got pregnant and quit school. She returned to Canada to have the baby at a Canadian hospital.

“When she came back she was completely indoctrinated and completely covered,” the relative said. “You could not see her face. She wasn’t allowed to talk.”

In August 2009 Bano’s son was born with a heart defect and a few months later underwent a transplant.

“It was very emotional,” the relative recalled. “We were all waiting in the waiting room when the doctor said the heart was coming. The government sent a plane to Arizona, got the heart, returned to Pearson, and a helicopter was bringing it to Sick Kids’.

“I was crying,” he said. “Here was a Muslim family that believed that Muslims are supreme, and everybody else will go to hell because they are not Muslim, and some Christians in Arizona are giving them their child’s heart.
“They phoned to see if everything was all right,” he said. “In the Muslim world, nobody gives a heart to anybody.”

After the operation, Bano visibly changed.

“She opened up,” the relative said. “She threw away her burqa. For a while she wore the hijab, then she threw away the hijab. She joined Facebook and organized a website called Balouch Entertainment. She was openly showing her reaction against the mullahs and fanaticism.”


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