Canadian teenager convicted of terrorist offense for trying to join ISIS in Syria

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Muslim community in Canada protesting against ISIS outside Calgary City Hall. File photo

ARA News 

GENEVA – Canadian authorities convicted a teenager of a terrorist offense for trying to travel overseas to join the extremist group of Islamic State (ISIS). 

The 16-year-old boy, whose identity remained anonymous under the Canadian law of protecting minors, became radicalized through following ISIS’s propaganda videos and communicating with suspected jihadists.

The teenager was reportedly turned in to police by his parents, who suspected their son was radicalized and planned to go to Syria to join ISIS jihadists. 

 

He was convicted by a Canadian court on charges of terrorism for trying to join a banned organization. The teenager was also prosecuted on a robbery case that took place in Oct. 2014 with the intention of using the C$2,200 stolen funds to fly overseas to Turkey and from there to Syria, where ISIS controls a large territory. 

According to officials, the boy faces up to 25 years in prison. The sentencing is expected to take place in January. 

Reporting by: Lorin Silo 

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