Canadian Arrested In Turkey For Terror Related Activities

From CBC:
A Canadian man detained in Turkey this past summer and accused of having ISIS propaganda on his phone was charged by RCMP Friday with terror-related offences.

Ikar Mao, 22, of Guelph, Ont., faces one count of participation in activity of a terrorist group and one count of leaving Canada to participate in activity of a terrorist group….

Mao was accused of being part of the militant group ISIS.

Turkish authorities arrested Mao and his wife near the Syrian border this past summer.

The newlywed couple were held for three months before being released and returning to Canada in October. It’s unclear whether or not Turkish authorities charged Mao, and whether he was acquitted or had charges dropped.

As CBC News first reported late Thursday, a Turkish court heard allegations that the phone belonging to Mao had received ISIS videos via Telegram, an encrypted messaging app, and that the couple left a letter for their families saying they intended to join ISIS.

The videos depict ISIS soldiers with guns espousing the militant group’s propaganda, the court heard.

Records viewed by CBC News said Mao and his wife denied that they had left their families to join ISIS and told the court they just wanted to live in a Muslim country.

Mao said he hadn’t intentionally sought out the ISIS videos but that they had loaded automatically while he was surfing the internet….

The case is under a publication ban requested by Mao’s lawyer, Soumia Allalou. It’s not clear what evidence Canadian authorities are relying on….

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