Belhaj-Chtioui was arrested on Dec. 7, 2014 at Montreal's Trudeau International Airport after he disembarked from a flight from Tunisia.
According to the warrant issued for his arrest, Belhaj-Chtioui was alleged to have transmitted information and committed acts that gave investigators reason to believe could be linked to terrorist activities, between May 13 and May 20, 2011.
After pleading guilty in court today, a judge sentenced him to 20 months in jail, which leaves Belhaj-Chtioui with eight months left to serve.
Once he is released, he will have several conditions to abide by, including restricted access to the internet.
Belhaj-Chtioui can only have internet access at work and at home, and he must provide police with his IP address at all times. He is also forbidden from using social media.
Before today's guilty plea, a trial for Belhaj-Chtioui had been scheduled to begin on April 25, 2016 and was expected to last five weeks.
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