Canada: Muslim who wanted to kill non-Muslims is freed - must get therapy

At the sentencing hearing, the judge said Hakimzadah had been 'a positive role model'

Monday 26 August, TORONTO - A Toronto man convicted of travelling to Turkey to join the so-called Islamic State has been released from prison four months after he was sentenced, an official said Wednesday.

Pamir Hakimzadah was charged with terrorism in April 2017 following what the RCMP called an 'extensive' national security investigation. He pleaded guilty in February 2019.

He has now been freed from a maximum security prison in Penetanguishene, Ontario, said Andrew Morrison, a spokesperson for the Ontario Ministry of the Solicitor General.

'The individual was admitted to the Central North Correctional Centre on April 4, 2019 and was released June 28, 2019 after completing his sentence,' Morrison told Global News.

The 30-year-old, who allegedly told a witness that 'all non-Muslims should be killed,' must now serve three years on probation, during which time he must participate in a de-radicalisation programme.

He is also prohibited from possessing a firearm for three years, cannot obtain a passport and must undergo psychotherapy and meet weekly with an imam from the Risalah Foundation.

In an agreed statement of facts filed in court in February, Hakimzadah admitted he had travelled to Istanbul in October 2014 with the intention of crossing into Syria to join ISIS.

'Prior to his departure, Pamir had exhibited increasingly radical Islamic beliefs. He spoke either in favour or in defence of ISIS. He viewed online ISIS content such as videos and posts,' the statement said….

According to allegations at his bail hearing, after returning to Toronto, he told his family he would try to travel to Syria again and that he would be 'fulfilling the wishes of God to kill non-Muslims.'…

At the sentencing, the judge said Hakimzadah had taken responsibility for his actions, had not continued to voice violent extremist views and had been 'a positive role model.'

Editor's comment - Of course he didn't 'continue to voice violent extremist views' if he thought he might be released.

The order to meet with the imam is predicated on the assumption that jihad terrorism and the Islamic State have nothing to do with Islam, and that Pamir Hakimzadah misunderstands his peaceful religion. Given the likelihood that Pamir Hakimzadah wanted to join the Islamic State in the first place because he believed it to be authentically Islamic, he must be laughing up his sleeve at this aspect of his sentence.

And the fact that he must undergo psychotherapy is another manifestation of the willful ignorance that dominates the West’s response to the global jihad. Islam is a religion of peace that teaches peace, so a Muslim who believes he must fight and kill Infidels because of commands from Allah must be mentally afflicted in some way, right? What possible alternative explanation could there be?

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