Ontario prosecutors want a man who tried to join ISIS in Syria to be jailed for six years.
According to CTV, 29-year-old Pamir Hakimzadah pleaded guilty to one count of leaving Canada to participate in a terrorist activity earlier in February.
Crown lawyer Christopher Walsh spoke at a sentencing hearing today and said the court has no insight into how Hakimzadah became radicalized. He also said that the fact Hakimzadah was intercepted by Turkish police before reaching Syria shouldn’t weigh in his favour.
Defence lawyer Luka Rados is asking for a sentence of 3 years and seven months which would mean Hakimzadah would be released extremely soon due to time already served being taken into account.
In addition, the defence proposed a de-radicalization plan in which Hakimzadah would receive religious counselling from an imam at the Risalah Foundation in Vaughn.
The court heard how Hakimzadah left Toronto in October 2014 and flew to Istanbul with the intent to cross into Syria and join ISIS.
However, he was turned into authorities when a tax driver suspected he wanted to join the terror group. He was sent back to Canada and turned in by a family member.
Hakimzadah’s sentence is scheduled for Thursday.
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