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Mohammed El Shaer, a suspected ISIL-sympathizer, has been ordered freedom from police custody on a terrorism peace bond. On Thursday, the court judge offered bail to El Shaer with 17 restrictions as part of the peace bond. He was forbidden to communicate with any other ISIL supporters, surrender his passport, and wear an electronic GPS bracelet for six months.
Among some of the other restrictions imposed on El Shaer are that he’s not allowed to leave Windsor, visit any airport, and buy or possess any weapons. Additionally, he cannot own any objects with terrorist propaganda or logos as well as any devices through which he can access the internet. A curfew was also imposed from 11pm to 6am for a year.
The Crown’s demands
One notable aspect of the court’s judgment is that it ignored the Crown’s repeated demands to extend the duration of the GPS bracelet from sixth months to a whole year. According to the judge, El Shaer had already been wearing a bracelet since the last six months.
The Crown presented evidence against El Shaer in the court, including some photographs outside a police station controlled by ISIL in a Syrian border town. The photos depicted him raising his hands in a jihadi salute. El Shaer had left Toronto to visit Syria on 3 November 2013 with a friend and returned after the friend died in an ISIL battle.
Shades of the Aaron Driver incident
One of the first things that come to our minds when we hear the news is the Aaron Driver incident. Driver, like El Shaer, was an ISIL sympathizer and, like El Shaer, was freed on a peace bond. Later, he was apprehended by the authorities while trying to find his way to a public place with a suicide bomb.
In the light of the recent Driver incident, the news of the release of El Shaer is not likely to ease any public concerns.