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Nejib Belhaj-Chtioui arrested at Montreal airport for alleged terror hoax

12/08/2014 01:17 EST | Updated 02/07/2015 05:59 EST
A 36-year-old man was arrested on terrorism-related charges on Sunday at Montreal-Trudeau airport after allegedly making comments that could be construed as a threat.

Nejib Belhaj-Chtioui was met by the Quebec provincial police’s special service for investigating extremist threats at the Montreal airport on his return flight from Tunisia.

He is scheduled to be charged at the Montreal courthouse on Monday afternoon.

Belhaj-Chtioui faces at least one charge categorized in the Canadian Criminal Code as “Hoax Regarding Terrorist Activity.”

That article reads as such:

83.231 (1) Every one commits an offence who, without lawful excuse and with intent to cause any person to fear death, bodily harm, substantial damage to property or serious interference with the lawful use or operation of property,

(a) conveys or causes or procures to be conveyed information that, in all the circumstances, is likely to cause a reasonable apprehension that terrorist activity is occurring or will occur, without believing the information to be true; or

(b) commits an act that, in all the circumstances, is likely to cause a reasonable apprehension that terrorist activity is occurring or will occur, without believing that such activity is occurring or will occur.

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