Is­mael Habib sen­tenced to 9 years for at­tempt­ing to leave Canada to join ISIL

Medicine Hat News - - NATION-WORLD -

MON­TREAL Is­mael Habib had been ready to do any­thing for the Is­lamic State, in­clud­ing dy­ing for it, a Que­bec court judge said Fri­day to jus­tify the ac­cused’s nine-year prison term.

Judge Serge Delisle sen­tenced Habib to eight years in prison for at­tempt­ing to leave Canada to join the Is­lamic State and one year for giv­ing false in­for­ma­tion to ob­tain a pass­port.

“This was not the utopian and thought­less project of a teenager who was ma­nip­u­lated or car­ried away by an im­pulse,” Delisle told a Mon­treal court­room.

“It was rather with per­fect knowl­edge of the ob­jec­tives of the Is­lamic State and the meth­ods used by this en­tity that the of­fender mul­ti­plied the steps to re­turn to Syria and join the Is­lamic State.”

Habib was found guilty in June, mak­ing him the first adult in Canada to be con­victed af­ter go­ing to trial on the charge of at­tempt­ing to leave Canada to join ISIL.

The judge cited the 29-year-old Habib’s “to­tal ad­her­ence” to the prin­ci­pals and goals of ISIL as a cen­tral rea­son for the long sen­tence.

Delisle also jus­ti­fied the nine-year term by not­ing the court had not been pre­sented with any ev­i­dence on Habib’s prospects for re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion.

The ac­cused, wear­ing a black T-shirt, ap­peared to lis­ten at­ten­tively to the judge’s words but did not re­act as he was sen­tenced.

In his judg­ment, Delisle said the ev­i­dence pre­sented at trial showed Habib had re­searched the or­ga­ni­za­tion ex­ten­sively and had made his in­ten­tions clear.

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