Terrorism charges laid against Calgary man after 7-year investigation

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The Alberta RCMP’s National Integrated Law Enforcement Team laid terrorism charges against a Calgary man following a seven-year investigation.Hussein Sobhe Borhot, 34, of Calgary, has been charged with three counts of participating in the activity of a terrorist group and one count of committing an offense for a terrorist group, RCMP said in a press release.

Between May 2013 and June 2014, Borhot traveled to Syria, where he contributed to ISIS activities and received training from the terrorist group, investigators said.

Police said he also knowingly committed the kidnapping offense.

Following a court hearing, Borhot is being held and will appear in Calgary Provincial Court on Friday.

The RCMP said the investigation is ongoing and could lead to further arrests or charges, and no further details will be disclosed.

CBC News reported in March 2017 that Borhot was among several men with connections in Calgary whose names were discovered on IS documents that appeared to be application forms for membership in the terrorist organization.

On the paperwork, Borhot listed his profession as a “plumber” and noted that his level of “Shariah” – the legal code of Islam, based on the Quran – was basic.

In November 2017, CBC News reported that officers from Canada’s Federal Counter-Terrorism Security Force questioned a Calgary man, Yacine Meziane, about Borhot’s whereabouts.

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