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Pak immigrant accused of plan to blow up U.S. Consulate in Toronto

Posted in Talking Politics


Published on March 13, 2015 with No Comments

Malik came to Canada in 2004 as a student and became a permanent resident in 2009, according to CBSA. He travelled frequently between Pakistan and Canada.
Authorities also say he had taken weapons, combat and landmine training in Libya.


Michel Juneau-Katsuya, a former CSIS agent, told a leading TV channel that  the government is likely moving to deport him to avoid a criminal trial, which could take years and cost the government millions.”They want to try and avoid that lengthy exercise, and simply send him to Pakistan, hoping that he will be arrested immediately and also prosecuted.”

“This is a little bit strange,” said Juneau-Katsuya. “We have him, we should be able to deal with this guy.I do not necessarily have the greatest confidence that in Pakistan, this will be treated like it should.”

A Pakistani man planned to use remote-controlled bombs to blow up the U.S. Consulate and other buildings in Toronto’s financial district, authorities said .Jahanzeb Malik, 33, was arrested on Monday following a lengthy investigation by security and anti-terrorism personnel, said the Canada Border Services Agency. He has not been charged and the allegations have not been proven.

Malik was ordered held in custody on “security grounds” pending deportation following an Immigration and Refugee Board hearing. He appeared via video link from Lindsay, Ont.

According to CBSA, Malik befriended and attempted to radicalize an undercover RCMP officer, showing him videos of beheadings by Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militants. He also told the officer that he wanted to make a video of the planned attacks in Toronto to encourage others to do the same.

The CBSA also alleges that Malik attempted to help the undercover officer make an explosive device that could be detonated remotely. Malik also allegedly claimed to be a friend of Anwar al-Awlaki, the American-born al-Qaeda cleric who was killed in 2011 during an airstrike in Yemen.According to the CBSA, Malik had been under investigation since September of last year. The Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada plans to review the detention order on Monday.


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