Brampton, Ontario – December 14, 2011 – The Public Prosecution Service of Canada today announced the filing of a direct indictment against Mohamed Hassan Hersi, 25, who is charged with attempting to knowingly participate in any activity of a terrorist group and counselling a person to participate in a terrorist group, contrary to section 83.18 of the Criminal Code.
The Crown determined that it was required in the public interest to prefer an indictment, sending this matter directly to trial. The decision is in accordance with s. 577 of the Criminal Code and with policy in the Federal Prosecution Service Deskbook, a public document.
Mohamed Hersi was arrested on March 29, 2011 following an RCMP investigation. He was released on bail April 29, 2011.
The Public Prosecution Service of Canada is responsible for prosecuting offences under federal jurisdiction in a manner that is free of any improper influence and that respects the public interest. The PPSC is also responsible for providing prosecution-related advice to law enforcement agencies across Canada.