TORONTO — The lawyer of a man arrested on suspicion he might commit a terrorist act says he doesn't know what prompted the investigation into his client.
Police arrested 23-year-old Kevin Omar Mohamed under a little-used section of the criminal code relating to terrorism. But Anser Farooq, who is Mohamed's lawyer, says he doesn't know why the RCMP were investigating the Ontario man or the specifics of why they think he might commit an act of terrorism.
The RCMP issued a news release saying Mohamed was arrested under a Criminal Code provision titled Fear of Terrorism.
Tweaked under C-51
The provision was tweaked last year as part of the former Conservative government's controversial Bill C-51, which allowed police to arrest someone — with consent of the attorney general — on grounds they may commit a terrorist offence.
Previously, police had to believe someone actually would carry out the crime. A charge is not laid under the rarely-used provision.
Farooq was in court when Mohamed made his first appearance Saturday morning.
He says that in court, the Crown wasn't sure whether the RCMP would charge Mohamed with any terror-related offences.
The only charges police have laid against Mohamed are carrying a concealed weapon and possession of a weapon dangerous to public peace.
Farooq says the weapon in question was a knife that police are alleging is illegal.
No evidence of planned attack
Police say there is no evidence of any plans of a domestic terrorism attack and the RCMP specified that the suspect's arrest is not linked to recent terrorist attacks in Brussels.
But still, Farooq says that they want Mohamed to sign a peace bond, which is a court order to abide by certain conditions.
Mohamed is in custody and is due in court again on Tuesday to face the allegations against him.
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