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04/20/2015 16:52 EDT | Updated 06/20/2015 01:12 EDT

Prince Edward Island terrorism case a 'tragic misunderstanding,' lawyer says

CHARLOTTETOWN - The lawyer for a Prince Edward Island man who was arrested after police said they feared he would commit a terrorism offence said Monday the case is a "tragic misunderstanding."Amir Raisolsadat, 20, was arrested last month after the RCMP applied for a peace bond under Section 810.01 of the Criminal Code of Canada. Information sworn in court indicates that the RCMP "fears on reasonable grounds" that he will commit a terrorism offence.The student from Stratford, P.E.I., was released on conditions including that he remain in the province.Raisolsadat's case was in Charlottetown provincial court Monday, where it was adjourned for a month. He was not in court but is now scheduled to appear on May 22 to either agree to the conditions of a peace bond or challenge the information being used to seek it.His lawyer Brandon Forbes, who appeared in court on his behalf, said outside court that Raisolsadat and his family have been subjected to anonymous threats on social media since his arrest."I think it's important to state on the record right now that my client has not been charged with a crime," Forbes said."This matter is a tragic misunderstanding. The tragedy being that now there is a family who has been subjected to a number of anonymous threats and also feels persecuted."Police have declined to release any information about Raisolsadat or the specific nature of the alleged threat, but Forbes described the disclosure documents from the federal Crown as "voluminous."