The Montréal Integrated National Security Enforcement Team (INSET) announces today that a charge under Section 83.181 of the Criminal Code of Canada has been filed against Ismael Habib, a 28-year-old Gatineau resident, for attempting to leave Canada to participate in activity of a terrorist group.
Ismael Habib, who is actually detained, will appear in court today in Montréal. He is also charged with making a false statement to obtain a passport, which is an offence under Section 57 (2) of the Criminal Code of Canada.
"This case clearly demonstrates that the RCMP and its partners are committed to investigating and prosecuting those who threaten Canada's national security. In all such investigations, we strive to collect the necessary evidence to successfully lay criminal charges," declared Assistant Commissioner James Malizia, Officer in Charge of the RCMP's Federal Policing Operations.
It should be noted that the laying of this significant charge under Section 83.181 of the Criminal Code is the result of strong cooperation between the members of the Counter-Terrorism Police Management Structure, which comprises the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Sûreté du Québec, Service de police de la Ville de Montréal and other municipal police departments in Quebec.
Established in 2003, the Counter-Terrorism Police Management Structure enables participating agencies to work closely and in a concerted manner to ensure public safety. In this case, the Service de police de la Ville de Gatineau joined efforts with the partners of the Counter-Terrorism Police Management Structure.
Appeal to the public
The Royal Canadian Mounted Police encourages the public to remain vigilant and to report any information on terrorism or related suspicious activities to the National Security Information Network at 1-800-420-5805 or by contacting the police in their community.