Today, as part of an extensive national security criminal investigation named Project SWAP, the RCMP Integrated National Security Enforcement Team (INSET) in Toronto laid a terrorism charge against Kevin Omar Mohamed, under section 83.18 of the Criminal Code, for participating in the activity of a terrorist group.
This investigation was first initiated in August of 2015, after determining that Mohamed had travelled to Turkey on or around April 24, 2014 to join Jabhat Al-Nusra, a listed terrorist entity in Canada. Mohamed subsequently returned to Canada on or around May 24, 2014.
"Thanks to our collaborative efforts through our INSET partners, we were able to not only disrupt this threat to our country's national security, but also to bring this individual before the Canadian justice system. In this sense, we would like to acknowledge the valuable contribution of our INSET partners, including the Durham Police Service, the Ontario Provincial Police as well as the Canadian Security Intelligence Service," stated Assistant Commissioner James Malizia, officer in charge of the RCMP's Federal Policing Operations. "The RCMP would also like to thank the Financial Transactions and Reports Analysis Centre of Canada (FINTRAC) for their precious collaboration in this investigation."
Mohamed was initially arrested by the RCMP on March 25, 2016 where he was the subject of a Peace Bond ordered under Section 810.011, and charged with weapons offences. At no time during the course of this investigation was there any risk to public safety.
As Canada's national police force, the RCMP works with our partners to ensure the comprehensive and timely response to terrorist criminal activity and national security criminal investigations both at home and abroad. The RCMP encourages citizens 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.