Montreal College ends rental contract with Muslim group over Multicultural ‘hate messages’

Amid reports that former students have gone to Syria to fight with Islamist extremists, a Montreal college has suspended a contract to rent out space to a Muslim group headed by Adil Charkaoui, a man once held on a security certificate after police alleged he was an al-Qaeda sleeper agent.

Collège de Maisonneuve announced Thursday that it is ending a rental agreement with École des compagnons, a group linked to Mr. Charkaoui’s Centre Communataire Islamique de l’est de Montréal, an organization he joined after the security certificate against him was quashed in 2009.

College officials say they found videos linked to the group that included hateful speech and appeared to contravene the school’s code of conduct. Four men and two women aged 18 and 19 – four of whom studied at Collège de Maisonneuve, according to the school – left Montreal for Turkey in mid-January, the La Presse newspaper reported. All six are suspected of having then gone to Syria.