“Somali” Man faces terrorism charges after arrest at Toronto airport

Posted on 30/03/2011


A Toronto man suspected of planning to travel to Somalia to join a group Canada considers a terrorist organization was arrested at the airport by RCMP.

The RCMP say the man was arrested Tuesday at Pearson International Airport as he was about to board a plane bound for the Middle East.

Mohamed Hersi, 25, appeared in a Brampton, Ont., court on Wednesday to face charges of attempting to participate in terrorist activity and with providing counsel to a person to participate in terrorist activity.

It is alleged the man was about to board a plane bound for Cairo, Egypt transiting through London, England. He was then believed to be heading to Somalia.

The matter was put over until Friday.

Hersi’s family refused to speak with reporters outside the courthouse Wednesday afternoon, covering their faces with sheets of paper to avoid the camera.

Police allege Hersi was travelling to Somalia to join Al Shabaab, a Somali-based Islamic group fighting against the country’s transitional government.

Al Shabaab is listed as a terror organization in Canada and has been suspected of trying to radicalize and recruit young Canadians and Americans.

Formal charges are expected to be announced at a press conference Wednesday afternoon.

Source: CTV.ca

Wednesday Mar. 30, 2011