POLITICS

Documents alleging man had beans to make ricin don't reflect all facts: lawyer

04/21/2015 01:06 EDT | Updated 07/14/2015 09:59 EDT
CHARLOTTETOWN - Court documents that allege a Prince Edward Island man had the castor beans needed to produce a "substantial quantity" of the deadly toxin ricin should be viewed with skepticism, his lawyer said Tuesday.

A search warrant application filed with provincial court says police acted on two separate complaints about Amir Raisolsadat in the summer of 2013 that were received by RCMP headquarters in Ottawa regarding alleged national security threats towards western countries.

The document alleges that the RCMP found an iPhone case containing between 50 and 60 castor beans inside after they covertly went into Raisolsadat's home on April 29, 2014.

Brandon Forbes, Raisolsadat's lawyer, won't respond directly to the allegations in the document, saying that the proper forum for dealing with the facts will be in court.

But Forbes said the document doesn't reflect all of the facts in the case.

"At this initial stage, I would simply ask you to look at the information to obtain with an eye of skepticism," he said.

None of the allegations in the document have been proven in court.

Raisolsadat, 20, was arrested last month after the Mounties applied for a peace bond under Section 810.01 of the Criminal Code. Information sworn in provincial court indicates that the RCMP "fears on reasonable grounds" that he man will commit a terrorism offence.

The university student from Stratford, P.E.I., was released on conditions, including that he remain in the province. He is scheduled to appear on May 22 to determine whether he will agree to the conditions of a peace bond or challenge the information being used to seek it.

The search warrant application, made by an RCMP constable, says a photo on Raisolsadat's Facebook site shows him standing in front of a castor bean plant. It says another picture shows five castor bean seeds — which can be used to make ricin — placed in a row on a piece of paper.

The document says police went to Raisolsadat's home on Aug. 16, 2013, and conducted an informal interview where he denied wanting to harm anyone or western society.

It says police began collecting Raisolsadat's household garbage in December 2013; and then, in early 2014, the RCMP allege they found documents with procedures for making calcium phosphide — described as an explosive compound — and a diagram of a small rocket with a section labelled "warhead."

"Based on the information contained in this document, I believe that Amir Raisolsadat has the capability and intent to carry out a terrorist activity," the RCMP officer wrote in the search warrant application.

"I also believe that the results of the General Warrant show that Amir Raisolsadat has in his possession enough castor beans to produce a substantial quantity of ricin."

The search warrant was granted.

In another court document, police say they seized 51 castor beans, castor bean plants, computer hard drives, a number of smartphones, cellphones and eight journals with drawings of explosions, bomb diagrams and chemical formulas.

— By Kevin Bissett in Fredericton.