RCMP have described him as friends with the youth who was arrested and charged with knowingly facilitating a terrorist activity.
Hussam Eddin Alzahabi – who had been arrested during the anti-terror raids by the RCMP in Kingston – has been released without charges.
Under the law, 24 hours was the maximum amount of time Alzahabi could be detained without being charged.
The RCMP say that the investigation is ongoing, and that charges could be brought forth in the future.
Earlier, Alzahabi spoke to the media, and said it was “a misunderstanding.”
According to City News Toronto, “Alzahabi said the accused discussed plots and bombs through Facebook and What’s App. “(The accused) talked a lot about that,” said Alzahabi. “(Investigators) thought I am encouraging (the accused) to do some things like that but I said to (the accused) and I tried to prevent… stuff like that, it’s not good, it doesn’t give any benefit for you.”
He spoke to City News Toronto. Here is the interview:
Some have speculated that Alzahabi could be helping the RCMP with their investigation at this point, hence why he was released. However, considering that the RCMP was fairly tight-lipped in their press conference, there are few certainties at this time.
In the wake of the arrests, there is also growing concern over the integrity of the system for vetting refugees from Syria. While the Liberals had previously dismissed and demonized anyone who brought up those concerns, it is something Canadians are increasingly demanding be addressed.
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