Former UW student arrested under new anti-terror legislation

News Mar 30, 2016 Waterloo Chronicle

The RCMP arrested a 23-year-old former University of Waterloo engineering student last Friday living in the city on terrorism related charges.

As part of an extensive national security criminal investigation named Project SWAP, the RCMP Integrated National Security Enforcement Team arrested Kevin Omar Mohamed with a Fear of Terrorism Offence under Section 810.011 of the Criminal Code of Canada.

Those criminal code changes came in under former Harper government’s controversial Bill C-51, also know as the Anti-Terrorism Act.

It allows for things like preventative arrest in suspected cases of terrorism, and it also allows police the power to detain someone who intends to travel overseas to offer aid to a terrorist organization.

Mohamed was also charged with carrying a concealed weapon and for possession of a weapon dangerous to public peace.

He was reportedly found carrying a hunting knife.

He remains in custody, and made a court appearance in Brampton on Tuesday. The initial charges were dropped and he was charged with much more serious charges on March 22

He is now charged participating, or contributing to, activities of a terrorist group.

Mohammed last attended UW in 2015, and was a second-year mechanical engineering student. He had a very active presence on social media and was being monitored by those keeping track of home-grown radicalization.

“This arrest speaks to our ability to tackle a threat that is multifaceted and constantly evolving,” said Supt. Lise Crouch, assistant criminal operations officer in Ontario. “While there was no indication of any plans for a domestic attack, we must remain committed to preventing individuals from travelling abroad to gain training and expertise that could be used in the planning and implementation of future attacks on Canadian soil.”

Mohamed reportedly travelled to Turkey in 2014.

The RCMP said it received assistance from the Durham Police Service and the Ontario Provincial Police in the case.

The RCMP said the arrest is in no way linked to the terrorist attacks that occurred in Brussels last week that killed 34 people. But Mohammed did post something that made light of the attack in Brussels on his social media feeds.

The RCMP encouraged the public to remain vigilant and to report any information on terrorism or related suspicious activities to the National Security Information Network at 1-800-420-5805 or by contacting the police in their community.

Former UW student arrested under new anti-terror legislation

News Mar 30, 2016 Waterloo Chronicle

The RCMP arrested a 23-year-old former University of Waterloo engineering student last Friday living in the city on terrorism related charges.

As part of an extensive national security criminal investigation named Project SWAP, the RCMP Integrated National Security Enforcement Team arrested Kevin Omar Mohamed with a Fear of Terrorism Offence under Section 810.011 of the Criminal Code of Canada.

Those criminal code changes came in under former Harper government’s controversial Bill C-51, also know as the Anti-Terrorism Act.

It allows for things like preventative arrest in suspected cases of terrorism, and it also allows police the power to detain someone who intends to travel overseas to offer aid to a terrorist organization.

Mohamed was also charged with carrying a concealed weapon and for possession of a weapon dangerous to public peace.

He was reportedly found carrying a hunting knife.

He remains in custody, and made a court appearance in Brampton on Tuesday. The initial charges were dropped and he was charged with much more serious charges on March 22

He is now charged participating, or contributing to, activities of a terrorist group.

Mohammed last attended UW in 2015, and was a second-year mechanical engineering student. He had a very active presence on social media and was being monitored by those keeping track of home-grown radicalization.

“This arrest speaks to our ability to tackle a threat that is multifaceted and constantly evolving,” said Supt. Lise Crouch, assistant criminal operations officer in Ontario. “While there was no indication of any plans for a domestic attack, we must remain committed to preventing individuals from travelling abroad to gain training and expertise that could be used in the planning and implementation of future attacks on Canadian soil.”

Mohamed reportedly travelled to Turkey in 2014.

The RCMP said it received assistance from the Durham Police Service and the Ontario Provincial Police in the case.

The RCMP said the arrest is in no way linked to the terrorist attacks that occurred in Brussels last week that killed 34 people. But Mohammed did post something that made light of the attack in Brussels on his social media feeds.

The RCMP encouraged the public to remain vigilant and to report any information on terrorism or related suspicious activities to the National Security Information Network at 1-800-420-5805 or by contacting the police in their community.

Former UW student arrested under new anti-terror legislation

News Mar 30, 2016 Waterloo Chronicle

The RCMP arrested a 23-year-old former University of Waterloo engineering student last Friday living in the city on terrorism related charges.

As part of an extensive national security criminal investigation named Project SWAP, the RCMP Integrated National Security Enforcement Team arrested Kevin Omar Mohamed with a Fear of Terrorism Offence under Section 810.011 of the Criminal Code of Canada.

Those criminal code changes came in under former Harper government’s controversial Bill C-51, also know as the Anti-Terrorism Act.

It allows for things like preventative arrest in suspected cases of terrorism, and it also allows police the power to detain someone who intends to travel overseas to offer aid to a terrorist organization.

Mohamed was also charged with carrying a concealed weapon and for possession of a weapon dangerous to public peace.

He was reportedly found carrying a hunting knife.

He remains in custody, and made a court appearance in Brampton on Tuesday. The initial charges were dropped and he was charged with much more serious charges on March 22

He is now charged participating, or contributing to, activities of a terrorist group.

Mohammed last attended UW in 2015, and was a second-year mechanical engineering student. He had a very active presence on social media and was being monitored by those keeping track of home-grown radicalization.

“This arrest speaks to our ability to tackle a threat that is multifaceted and constantly evolving,” said Supt. Lise Crouch, assistant criminal operations officer in Ontario. “While there was no indication of any plans for a domestic attack, we must remain committed to preventing individuals from travelling abroad to gain training and expertise that could be used in the planning and implementation of future attacks on Canadian soil.”

Mohamed reportedly travelled to Turkey in 2014.

The RCMP said it received assistance from the Durham Police Service and the Ontario Provincial Police in the case.

The RCMP said the arrest is in no way linked to the terrorist attacks that occurred in Brussels last week that killed 34 people. But Mohammed did post something that made light of the attack in Brussels on his social media feeds.

The RCMP encouraged the public to remain vigilant and to report any information on terrorism or related suspicious activities to the National Security Information Network at 1-800-420-5805 or by contacting the police in their community.