TORONTO: Peer Mohammad Khairi, who almost decapitated wife, loses appeal

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By: Diana Mehta The Canadian Press, Published on Wed Apr 22 2015

Ontario’s highest court upheld the second-degree murder conviction of an Afghan immigrant who nearly decapitated his wife, calling the woman’s death a “horrific” killing in a decision released Wednesday.

Peer Mohammad Khairi, a father of six, had argued that the judge who presided over his trial made several errors, and asked the appeal court for a new trial.

If a fresh trial couldn’t be ordered, Khairi had asked that his period of parole ineligibility — currently set at 15 years after he was sentenced to life in prison — be lowered to 10 or 11 years.

He was turned down by Ontario’s Court of Appeal on both fronts.

“The conviction appeal is dismissed. While we grant leave to appeal the sentence, the sentence appeal is dismissed,” the court’s decision said.

Khairi had admitted to killing his wife in March 2008, it was the circumstances of the death that had been in dispute at his trial, the court noted.

“He contended that he lacked the intent for murder due to mental health issues. Alternatively, he claimed that he stabbed his wife in the heat of passion, caused by her allegedly provocative words and conduct,” the appeal court wrote.

A jury deliberated for three days in 2012 before finding Khairi guilty of second-degree murder.

In his appeal, Khairi argued that the trial judge erred by not declaring a mistrial after what was allegedly an “improper” opening statement from Crown prosecutors, whose effect was allegedly to prevent him from receiving a fair trial. He also claimed the prosecution’s closing address was inflammatory.

The appeal court agreed that the Crown’s opening statement was improper, but found that the trial judge adequately instructed the jury that the Crown’s remarks exceeded the scope of a proper opening statement.


Khairi, who was born in Afghanistan, immigrated to Canada with his wife and children in 2003 after having spent the previous 15 years in India.

The family settled in Toronto but due to the couple’s limited education and inability to speak English, neither of them could find work, court documents have noted.

In 2006, the family had financial troubles and the relationship between Khairi and his wife became strained, the documents said.


CALGARY: Webber Academy discriminated against Muslim students, rules human rights tribunal

Private school discriminated against Muslim students, says human rights tribunal

Published on: April 16, 2015
Last Updated: April 16, 2015 6:56 PM MDT

Neil Webber, founder of Webber Academy.Stuart Gradon Stuart Gradon / Calgary Herald

A Calgary private school unlawfully discriminated against two Muslim students by refusing to allow them to pray on campus, says the province’s human rights tribunal.

The Alberta Human Rights Commission fined Webber Academy a total of $26,000 for distress and loss of dignity after the boys were forced to hide at the school or  leave the property during the city’s chilly winter to fulfill their faith’s obligations.

Neil Webber, the facility’s founder and president, said he was disappointed with the ruling released Thursday and said an appeal with Alberta’s Court of Queen’s Bench will be filed.

“A key pillar of our founding principles is that the school be a non-denominational environment in which children can thrive and focus on their academic success,” Webber said.

 “This remains our goal.”

MONTREAL: Vigilance Laique and anarchists clash outside of Collège de Maisonneuve

Anti-radicalization protest turns violent in Montreal

Collège de Maisonneuve staked out by pro-secular charter, anti-Adil Charkaoui protesters

CBC News Posted: Mar 29, 2015 4:20 PM ET Last Updated: Mar 29, 2015 4:20 PM ET

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Anti-Muslim radicalization and anti-racism protesters clashed outside of a Montreal post-secondary institution on Sunday afternoon, leading to one arrest.

Anti-Muslim extremism demoA pro-secularism protester holds up a sign that reads, ‘Secular against Islamization’ outside Collège de Maisonneuve in Montreal. (CBC)

Duelling demonstrations by a small group of secular charter supporters and a group of anti-racism protesters turned violent after a man was attacked with picket-sign sticks.

Two men from opposing sides got into an altercation that led to the anti-racism protester getting attacked with wooden sticks.

The site of the protest, Collège de Maisonneuve, made headlines last month when it was reported that five of its students had left the country to join jihadists in Syria.

QUEBEC: Politicians denounce PEGIDA presence in the province (French)

Dénoncé par les élus, l’homme derrière Pegida Québec se justifie

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Manifestation anti-islam

Exclusif - Une manifestation prévue samedi par le groupe controversé Pegida Québec a été vivement dénoncée à Montréal, à Québec et à Ottawa. Mais le porte-parole de Pegida Québec affirme que le rassemblement sera pacifique et que son groupe veut tout d’abord stopper « l’islamisation de l’Occident ».

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En entrevue téléphonique avec Radio-Canada, Jean-François Asgard indique que le SPVM a été informé du trajet de la manifestation. M. Asgard dit que son groupe compte se réunir dans le secteur du « Petit Maghreb », au nord-est de Montréal. Le cortège passerait ainsi devant le Centre Communautaire Islamique de l’Est de Montréal.

« Ça va de soi que, d’après l’itinéraire qu’on a déposé, sur notre chemin, il y aura la mosquée d’Adil Charkaoui. On a l’intention de faire un arrêt là pour pouvoir dénoncer, lancer un message », dit-il.

M. Asgard estime qu’il est important de dénoncer « l’islamisation » de l’Occident en général et du Québec en particulier. « L’islam doit se réformer ou quitter l’Occident », dit M. Asgard, qui se décrit comme un « patriote ».

Le conseiller municipal de Projet Montréal, Sylvain Ouellet, a dénoncé la tenue de l’événement. Après avoir reconnu que le « droit de manifester est garanti par la Charte des droits et libertés », M. Ouellet a poursuivi en faisant valoir que « l’incitation à la haine est non seulement illégale, mais inacceptable ».

MONTREAL: PEGIDA Quebec cancels rally as Revolutionary Communist Party puts on counter-rally

Anti-Islam group with European roots and National Front sympathies organizes in Quebec

By Tracey Lindeman, CBC News Posted: Mar 28, 2015 1:40 PM ET Last Updated: Mar 28, 2015 5:21 PM ET

Two women at the anti-PEGIDA protest share a laugh together while waiting to see whether members of the pro-nationalist group, anti-Islam group would show up.Two women at the anti-PEGIDA protest share a laugh together while waiting to see whether members of the pro-nationalist group, anti-Islam group would show up. (Radio-Canada)

A march organized by sympathizers of a Europe-based anti-Islam, anti-immigration group called PEGIDA was cancelled on Saturday after hundreds of people showed up to protest against PEGIDA itself.

The self-described leader of the relatively new PEGIDA Québec chapter, Jean-François Asgard, told Radio-Canada that ”Islam needs to reform itself or leave the West.”

Jaggi Singh March 28 2015Well-known activist Jaggi Singh said PEGIDA is a collection of neo-Nazis, Islamophobes and internet trolls. (Radio-Canada)

Jaggi Singh of the No One Is Illegal activist group helped organize Saturday’s counter-protest.

Hundreds of people toting signs denouncing racism and Islamophobia arrived 30 minutes prior to the scheduled start time of the PEGIDA march, set to take place in a largely Muslim community in Montreal called Little Maghreb.

Just over 100 people had RSVP’d to PEGIDA Québec’s march, while nearly 900 members of Antifa (anti-fascism) and other anti-racist groups said they would attend the counter-demonstration.

“There’s no way that their demonstration will be able to go where they want to go. They won’t be able to pass. The police have given them permission to march, but that doesn’t mean people in the neighbourhood or anti-racist groups are giving them permission to march,” he said.

The anti-Islam group had submitted its march itinerary to Montreal police. A number of officers were on the scene to keep an eye on any violence.

What is PEGIDA?

The organization is popular with neo-Nazis and other nationalists and is often spoken about favourably on white supremacist online forums such as Stormfront and National Front.

PEGIDA, which in German stands for Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamization of the West, first popped up in October 2014. The relatively new group began in Dresden, Germany and uses Facebook as a main organizing tool.

MONTREAL: PEGIDA Quebec rally set for March 28

Anti-Islam group with European roots and National Front sympathies organizes in Quebec

By Tracey Lindeman, CBC News Posted: Mar 28, 2015 1:40 PM ET Last Updated: Mar 28, 2015 1:40 PM ET

Sympathizers of a Europe-based anti-Islam, anti-immigration group called PEGIDA have set up a local chapter in Quebec and are planning on demonstrating in Montreal on Saturday.

The self-described leader of the PEGIDA Québec chapter, Jean-François Asgard, told Radio-Canada his beliefs are closely aligned to those espoused by the National Front, a British political party exclusive to white people that advocates for repatriation of all non-white people to their countries of origin.

“Islam needs to reform itself or leave the West,” Asgard said.

Anti-racist protesters, meanwhile, are also planning a counter-demonstration for the same place and time.

Jaggi Singh of the No One Is Illegal activist group said the intention of the counter-protest is to surround the PEGIDA marchers and prevent them from walking into Little Maghreb, a largely Muslim community in the Montreal neighbourhood of St-Michel.

“Neo-Nazis, Islamophobes, internet trolls — they all sort of congregate around this thing called PEGIDA,” Singh said.