Updated: Canadian precedent: Toronto man convicted of trying to join terrorist group

Mohamed Hersi
Mohamed Hersi

Hersi was arrested at Toronto’s Pearson airport in March 2011 as he was about to leave for Cairo. The investigation began when a dry-cleaner found a USB memory stick in Hersi’s security guard uniform that contained a book on bomb-making. An undercover police officer befriended Hersi with the cover story of a fellow Somali-Canadian that wanted to join the terrorist group Al Shabab.

Mohamed Hersi is the first person in Canada to stand trial for attempting to join a foreign group classified as a terrorist organization. Hersi arrived in Canada as a four-year-old refugee with his mother after they fled the Somali civil war. As an adult he said his goal was to live in a Muslim country.

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