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Yasin Ali Arrested, Charged With Carrying Concealed Weapon

11/18/2015 03:58 EST | Updated 11/18/2016 05:12 EST
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OTTAWA — A Toronto man arrested for allegedly carrying a hidden knife outside the Centre Block of Parliament has appeared in court.

Yasin Ali, 56, was detained by the Parliamentary Protective Service Tuesday and taken into custody.

After a brief court appearance Wednesday on a charge of carrying a concealed weapon, he was remanded in custody.

Defence lawyer Peter Azzi said Ali is due back in court on Friday and will be assessed by a doctor.

Security on Parliament Hill has been tight since Oct. 22, 2014, when a gun-toting murderer, Michael Zehaf Bibeau, managed to sprint across the lawn and through the main doors.

Zehaf Bibeau had just gunned down a soldier standing guard at the nearby National War Memorial and the gunman died himself in a hail of bullets just outside the Library of Parliament.

The incident led to a major reorganization of security.

The RCMP had been responsible for the grounds of the parliamentary precinct, while House of Commons and Senate security forces had jurisdiction inside the Parliament Buildings.

The three have merged into a single service to manage day-to-day security on Parliament Hill.

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