Habib charged under terrorism law
Court sketch of Ismael Habib, 28, of Montreal appearing in court last week. LAUREN FOSTER-MACLEOD / OTTAWA CITIZEN
A man charged in Gatineau with threatening to kill his girlfriend has now been charged by Mounties in Montreal with attempting to leave Canada to participate in activity of a terrorist group.
Ismael Habib, 28, was to appear in a Montreal court sometime Friday.
Habib is already in custody on charges laid by Gatineau police in February. He was charged with threatening to bomb his girlfriend’s car, with carrying fake identification, and with having a machine able to make credit cards.
During his bail hearing in Gatineau (postponed to March 18), the court was told Habib kept videos of ISIL beheadings and other “extremist” videos on his computer. His girlfriend also told police he wanted to leave Canada to fight in Syria.
The new charges against Habib include one count of making a false statement to obtain a passport. The Gatineau court has already heard an allegation that he applied for a passport under his brother’s name.
Habib is from Montreal but lived briefly with his girlfriend in Gatineau this winter.