Canada : A young Maghrebian couple to appear in court for terrorism

El Mahdi Jamali and Sabrine Djermane. / Ph. Courtoisie
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A young Canadian couple originally from the Maghreb appeared in court on Tuesday 12th of September in Montreal, reports Le Devoir, a local online newspaper.  

El Mahdi Jamali and Sabrine Djermane, a young couple from Montreal, aged 20 and 21 respectively, are accused of «attempting to leave Canada to commit a terrorist act abroad, possessing an explosive device, facilitating a terrorist act and committing a terrorist act under the direction of a terrorist group».

They were first arrested and detained by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) on April 14, 2015, fearing that they would commit a «terrorist» crime. The first witness heard Wednesday, investigator Kevin Rouleau of the RCMP, said that his office had received information on the accused from an anonymous source on April 10, 2015, according to Radio Canada. The latter stated that the young man had posted on his Facebook page a picture of the ISIS flag.

The Crown prosecutor (on the Canadian judicial system) finally decided, six days later, to bring four criminal charges against El Mahdi Jamali and Sabrine Djermane.

The trial is expected to last 10 weeks. The Crown prosecutor said Tuesday morning that 31 witnesses will be called to the stand by the prosecution.

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