A Montreal man was arrested Thursday on terrorism allegations after the RCMP acted on information from the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation.
The RCMP said officers arrested 18-year-old Mohamed Amine Assal, who is from Montreals St-Laurent borough.
They said their operation was to disrupt Assals suspicious activities and get him to sign a terrorism peace bond that could include several conditions.
The RCMP integrated national security enforcement team received intelligence from the FBI and conducted a short investigation that allows us to have reasonable grounds to fear that Mr. Assal may commit a terrorism offence, Cpl. Tasha Adams said Thursday.
At this time, no charges are laid. We are currently in the process of acquiring further evidence with regards to this investigation. A search warrant is underway at the residence of the individual.
Assal is expected to appear in court via video conference this afternoon with regard to an undertaking to keep the peace, Adams said. According to the Criminal Code, a peace bond application related to terrorism is heard by a provincial court judge.
If the judge believes there are reasonable grounds after seeing the evidence, they may order a defendant to sign a bond for 12 months.
The RCMP did not elaborate on what the alleged offence was, noting it is the subject of an ongoing investigation.
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