Alleged ISIS member from Calgary charged with terrorism: RCMP

Monday’s arrest followed a seven-year investigation.

Premier Jason Kenney said he was pleased to see terrorism charges laid against an alleged Calgary ISIS member.

A Calgary man has been charged with terrorism offences for allegedly travelling to Syria in 2013 and joining the so-called Islamic State, the RCMP said on Wednesday.

The charges allege that Hussein Sobhe Borhot participated in a kidnapping on behalf of ISIS.

The arrest of the 34-year-old followed what police described as an extensive and complex national security investigation that spanned seven years.

He was taken into custody in Calgary on Tuesday and faces four terrorism-related charges including participation in the activity of a terrorist group and commission of an offence for a terrorist group.

The case marks a rare prosecution of a suspected ISIS returnee — a Canadian alleged to have returned home after serving overseas in the terrorist group.

Between May 9, 2013 and June 7, 2014, Hussein Sobhe Borhot travelled to Syria where he contributed to activities of a terrorist group, the Islamic State (IS), the RCMP said.

During this time, Hussein Sobhe Borhot enlisted with IS, received training for the purpose of enhancing the ability of IS, knowingly participated or contributed to the activities of the group and knowingly committed the offence of kidnapping at the direction of, or in association with the terrorist group.

He was remanded into custody and will appear in court on Friday.

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