There’s a guy walking about freely in Toronto bragging to the media about going abroad to join the Islamic State. He’s told The New York Times he killed people (executed them in the head, to be precise). Although he’s walked that part back.
He has, however, confirmed to Canadian media that he did go abroad to join up with ISIS, which is a serious Criminal Code violation. Section 83.18 says that, to quote in full, “every one who knowingly participates in or contributes to, directly or indirectly, any activity of a terrorist group for the purpose of enhancing the ability of any terrorist group to facilitate or carry out a terrorist activity is guilty of an indictable offence and liable to imprisonment for a term not exceeding ten years.”
Join ISIS? Go to jail for up to a decade. That holds even if all you did was clean the bathrooms or help edit their online videos.
While there are at least 60 returning foreign fighters in Canada, there have only been a handful of charges and only one notable conviction. Last year, Kevin Omar Mohamed was sentenced to four-and-a-half years for travelling to Syria in 2014 to join the al-Qaida-affiliated Jabhat Al-Nusrah.