Two Montréal Residents Charged with Participating in Activity of a Terrorist Group: Tip from the Community Helps the RCMP

April 20, 2015
Montréal, Quebec

News release

The Montréal Integrated National Security Enforcement Team (INSET) announces today that charges have been filed against Sabrine Djermane and El Mahdi Jamali, both aged 18. The two Montréal residents are currently in preventive detention. They face the following charges under the Criminal Code of Canada:

  • 83.181 - Attempting to leave Canada to participate in activity of a terrorist group
  • 83.19 - Facilitating terrorist activity
  • 83.2 - Commission of an offence for a terrorist group
  • 81 (1)(d) - Using explosives

These charges result from a short police investigation launched after information was received from the community. The investigation showed that Sabrine Djermane and El Mahdi Jamali were planning to leave the country to commit a terrorist act abroad.

Sabrine Djermane and El Mahdi Jamali appeared in court in Montréal this morning to face the charges filed against him.

The investigation is still ongoing. The INSET is trying to determine if other individuals associated to the accused could have conspired with them. The INSET asks for the cooperation of the public. Information can be reported to the National Security Information Line at 1 800 420-5805, by email at nsci_ecsn@rcmp-grc.gc.ca or your local police.

Importance of the community

When an individual becomes radicalized or prepares to commit a terrorist act, changes in behaviour and various indicators can be observed. Indicators of radicalization are often extremely subtle. This is why the help of the community is crucial.

The vigilance of citizens as well as relatives and friends of persons suspected of becoming radicalized is important to ensure the safety and security of the public, including young men and women seduced by an ideology leading to violence. The co-operation of the public helps us develop sources of information and focus the work of investigators.

The INSET comprises the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Sûreté du Québec, Service de police de la Ville de Montréal, Canada Border Services Agency and the Canadian Security Intelligence Service. Under the Counter-Terrorism Police Management Structure, the INSET police partners work closely in a concerted manner to protect Quebec and Canada.

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Contact information

Royal Canadian Mounted Police
Communications Office
514-939-8308

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