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Nejib Belhaj-Chtioui's Bail Hearing Delayed

12/09/2014 11:44 EST | Updated 02/08/2015 05:59 EST
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The bail hearing for Nejib Belhaj-Chtioui at the Montreal courthouse has been delayed until Thursday because the defence needs more time to review the evidence.

Belhaj-Chtioui, 36, was met by the Quebec provincial police’s special service for investigating extremist threats at the airport after he disembarked from a flight from Tunisia on Monday.

Accused of terrorist related charges

According to the warrant, between May 13 and May 20, 2011, ​Belhaj-Chtioui is alleged to have transmitted information and committed acts that gave investigators reason to believe could be linked to terrorist activities.

The Sûreté du Québec has not released any further details about the allegations, other than to say that an investigation was launched in May 2011 after police became aware of a post on Facebook.

A woman who identified herself to journalists at the courthouse as Belhaj-Chtioui's ex-wife said he has been in Tunisia for the past year and a half.

The woman, who would not give her name, said he turned himself in to police when he returned to Canada.

Authorities say he will face two charges relating to the terrorism hoax section of the Criminal Code — conveying information and committing an act to cause reasonable concern that it is connected to a terrorist activity.

Hoax Regarding Terrorist Activity

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.

Source: Criminal Code of Canada

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