A month before a Canadian convicted of trying to join ISIS was released from an Ontario prison in June, he was denied parole on the grounds he posed too great a risk, newly released records show.
On May 24, the Ontario Parole Board ruled that releasing Pamir Hakimzadah “would constitute an undue risk to society,” according to the documents obtained by Global News.
Hakimzadah was released on June 28, having served roughly three years.
The Parole Board Board of Canada raised similar concerns in February, when Kevin Omar Mohamed was set for release the following month despite being rated a “high risk to public safety.”
The Ontario man had been convicted of travelling to Syria to join an Al Qaeda faction, and on social media had encouraged attacks in the West.
In August, the Canada Border Services Agency likewise argued that Canadians would be “put at risk” if Othman Ayad Hamdan was released from custody while immigration officials tried to deport him for posting pro-ISIS content online.
Despite being under a deportation order as a danger to Canada’s security, the Jordanian citizen was freed from detention in September to live in Enderby, B.C., under a list of conditions.