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Terrorism-related charges laid against Winnipeg men
Posted: Mar 15, 2011 7:18 AM CT
Last Updated: Mar 15, 2011 9:35 AM CT
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A four-year RCMP investigation has led to arrest warrants being issued for two former Winnipeggers on terrorism-related charges.
The Mounties allege that Ferid Ahmed Imam, 30, and Maiwant Yar, 27, are part of a conspiracy to participate in the activities of a terrorist group. Both men, former University of Manitoba students, went to Pakistan in March of 2007 but their whereabouts now are unknown, according to RCMP.
The RCMP, at a press conference in Winnipeg on Tuesday, said the investigation, called Project Darken, also involved the Canadian Security Intelligence Service, the FBI and other international law enforcement agencies.
The charges against the two men have been laid in absentia and a Canada-wide warrant has been issued for both.
According to a Globe and Mail report, the RCMP allege the al-Qaeda members behind a 2009 plot to blow up packed subway cars in New York were trained by Imam.
Ferid Imam, 30, has been charged with instructing to carry out terrorist activity and conspiracy to participate in the activity of a terrorist group. RCMPYar is an alleged accomplice.
The RCMP obtained warrants for the two men from a Winnipeg judge on Monday.
In August, CBC News reported that three missing U of M students — Imam, Yar and Muhannad al-Farekh — were the subject of a massive investigation that stretched all the way to the White House.
All three grew up in Winnipeg after their families moved to the city from other countries. They met and became friends at university but disappeared before completing their studies.
In 2007, they left the country together, destined for Pakistan via Europe, and dropped all contact with their families.
Secret briefings to U.S. presidents
According to a Globe and Mail story in August, the FBI had dispatched agents to the Middle East as part of its hunt for the men, who have been the subject of secret briefings to U.S. Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama.
Maiwand Yar, 27, is sought on charges of conspiracy to participate In activities of a terrorist group and participation in activities of a terrorist group. RCMPThe missing men have been spotted in Pakistan’s Peshawar district, which is known as the gateway to the lawless tribal area bordering Afghanistan and suspected of sheltering senior members of al-Qaeda, according to the Globe and Mail, which reported on Tuesday that Imam is now being sought on terrorist-training charges as part of the alleged 2009 plot.
Canada’s Anti-terrorism Act, passed shortly after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, allows police to charge people suspected of committing terrorist offences outside Canada’s borders. The case against Imam is the first time RCMP have charged someone with acts taking place entirely overseas, according to the newspaper.
Imam faces a life sentence if he is caught and convicted of training terrorists.
Yar could face up to 10 years in prison on a charge that he participated in a terrorist conspiracy.
The warrants taken out by the RCMP do not include Al-Farekh, according to the Globe and Mail.