MONTREAL: Tunisian Nejib Belhaf-Chtioui arrested for terrorist-related comments

MONTREAL – Quebec provincial police say they’ve arrested a man on terrorism-related charges.Police say Nejib Belhaj-Chtioui was the subject of an outstanding warrant and was arrested Sunday at Montreal’s Pierre Elliott Trudeau airport upon returning from Tunisia.Belhaj-Chtioui is expected to appear in court in Montreal this afternoon.

Authorities say he will face two charges relating to the terrorism hoax section of the Criminal Code — conveying information and committing an act to cause reasonable concern that it is connected to a terrorist activity.

The investigation was conducted by a provincial police unit that probes extremist threats.

Reports of possible terrorist financing increase in Canada after deadly attacks

David Ljunggren, Reuters 

OTTAWA – The number of reports of suspicious transactions in Canada possibly related to terrorist financing have jumped in the wake of two deadly attacks on soldiers last month, an official said on Thursday.

The Financial Transactions and Reports Analysis Centre (FINTRAC), set up in 2000 to combat money-laundering and ensure the compliance of 31,000 financial entities doing business in Canada, asked institutions to quickly flag possible wrongdoing after the attacks.

“In the last few weeks there has been a notable increase in the reporting of suspicious transactions … related to terrorist financing,” said FINTRAC spokesman Peter Lamey.

“They are also of good quality and comprehensive in many cases. It’s been useful to the work we’ve been doing,” he added, declining to give specific details of the numbers.

Lamey would not say whether any of the reports were linked to the fatal attacks.

FINTRAC said last month that in the 2013/14 fiscal year, it passed on 1,143 cases to law enforcement bodies out of 81,735 potentially suspicious transactions reported by institutions – an increase from 919 the previous year.

Of these disclosures, 234 were specifically related to terrorist financing, up from 157 the previous year.

In an annual report presented to Parliament on Thursday, FINTRAC said it had received 241 requests for information from foreign intelligence units in the 2013/14 fiscal year, up from 202 the previous year.

OTTAWA: Retired US Marine Fox Sinke not intimidated by death threats after marching on-guard at the National War Memorial in honour of fallen Cpl Nathan Cirillo

Retired Marine receives threats after guarding War Memorial 




Decorated retired US Marine Fox Sinke said he’s received death threats since he drove to Ottawa from his home two hours away and marched on-guard at the National War Memorial in honour of fallen Cpl Nathan Cirillo. SUBMITTED PHOTO

Retired U.S. Marine Fox Sinke has experienced fear for the first time.

The Seaway Valley resident and dual citizen travelled to Ottawa last Friday and marched for several hours at the National War Memorial, in honour of fallen Cpl. Nathan Cirillo.

His tribute was captured by a TV news crew to whom Sinke pledged “I’m paying tribute to him, as best I can. We are not intimidated. Take your best shot.”

He wasn’t shot at, but several calls were made to his home phone. Men’s voices, which he believes were speaking in Arabic, threatening his life.

“I don’t understand much, but I understand the words — I want to kill you,” he said.

Sinke may not be afraid of the threats, but he’s worried his actions have put his family in danger and he’s not about to take any risks.

“I have somehow managed to put my wife and kids in harm’s way,” he said. “Of all the firefights I’ve been in, I’ve never felt anything akin to fear. But this puts a fear in my heart that makes it hard to breathe.”

Sinke says he’s received about 300 friend requests on Facebook since his trip to Ottawa. He’s been encouraged to come back for the service on Remembrance Day.

Ahmadiyya Muslim Community Imam Imtiaz Ahmed said the news is troubling.

OTTAWA: Luqmann Abdunnur arrested after publicly praising Parliament Hill shooter Michael Zehaf-Bibeau as a hero

2 mosques tipped police about man arrested in a violent takedown Saturday

By Evan Dyer, CBC News Posted: Oct 31, 2014 5:57 PM ET Last Updated: Oct 31, 2014 7:39 PM ET

The violent arrest in Ottawa of a man who was the target of a national security investigation came a day after he allegedly caused a furor in an Ottawa mosque by publicly praising Parliament Hill shooter Michael Zehaf-Bibeau as a hero, sources told CBC News.

Luqmann Abdunnur, 39, was arrested last Saturday after a traffic stop and charged with assaulting police, obstructing police, resisting arrest and driving with a suspended licence.

Abdunnur was “recently” put under surveillance by one of the RCMP’s Integrated National Security Enforcement Teams, sources told CBC News.

A day earlier — and two days after Michael Zehaf-Bibeau killed Cpl. Nathan Cirillo at the National War Memorial — the imam at Assunnah Mosque in Ottawa used his Friday sermon to condemn the attack. Witnesses say Abdunnur, the son of American converts to Islam, heckled the imam, calling the gunman a “hero” and a “martyr.”

Muslim groups upset that Harper hasn’t spoken out against alleged spike in anti-Muslim crimes after two soldiers killed by jihadists

Harper’s silence on anti-Muslim backlash disheartens Muslim groups

Stephen Harper hasn’t spoken out against a spike in anti-Muslim crimes

Joan Bryden, The Canadian Press


OTTAWA – Muslim groups are disappointed that Stephen Harper hasn’t spoken out against a spike in anti-Muslim hate crimes since two separate attacks by jihadist sympathizers left two Canadian soldiers dead last week.

The prime minister has not publicly uttered one word of support for Canadian Muslims following the incidents, which Harper and the RCMP have labelled acts of terrorism.

He’s remained silent despite an apparent backlash against Muslims , including the defacing of a mosque in Cold Lake, Alta., racist slurs against Muslim candidates in Toronto’s municipal election and threats against the B.C. Muslim Association.

In the latest incident, windows were smashed early Friday morning at the Assunnah Muslims Association mosque in Ottawa.

QUEBEC: Close all Canadian mosques temporarily, André Drouin says

Close all Canadian mosques temporarily, André Drouin says 

A controversial Quebec politician says all mosques across the country should be temporarily closed after two soldiers were killed last week on Canadian soil.