After a nation-wide investigation, RCMP have arrested and charged one person with a terrorism-related offence in Kingston, Ontario.
The individual arrested was a youth and their name cannot be revealed under the Youth Criminal Justice Act. A second adult male has also been arrested but has not been charged.
Police say charges include:
- Knowingly facilitating a terrorist activity, contrary to section 83.19 of the Criminal Code
- Counselling a person to deliver, place, discharge or detonate an explosive or other lethal device to, into, in or against a place of public use with intent to cause death or serious bodily injury, contrary to section 431.2 of the Criminal Code, offence which was not committed, and did thereby commit an offence contrary to section 464(a) of the Criminal Code.
“I want to reassure the citizens of the greater Kingston, Ontario area and all Canadians, that during the investigation, our primary focus was the safety and protection of the public,” said Chief Superintendent Michael LeSage, Criminal Operations Officer in O Division, in a release.
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“I would also like to highlight the efforts of our INSET here in Ontario which worked diligently to obtain the evidence required for these charges. Investigations of this nature are complex and require significant time and resources to come to a successful conclusion, while ensuring public safety at all times.”
The RCMP investigation was conducted alongside the FBI, Kingston Police, Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA), the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) and Financial Transactions and Reports Analysis Centre of Canada (FINTRAC) for their cooperation and collaboration.