A Canadian on the RCMP’s list of “high risk travellers” is being sought by police after he apparently left the country — even though he had no valid passport, was on probation and under a court order not to travel abroad.
Mohammed El Shaer, a 27-year-old from Windsor, Ont., disappeared last month shortly after completing a prison sentence for passport fraud. According to a Canadian extremist fighter, he has since arrived in Syria.
“What I can confirm for you is that we believe he did leave Canada and that he has travelled overseas and that he does not have a valid Canadian passport,” Insp. Lise Crouch, officer in charge of the Ontario Integrated National Security Enforcement Team, said Tuesday.
…Although he was prohibited from leaving Ontario, pending his trial, he somehow made his way to Egypt and Sudan. He was arrested when he returned to Toronto’s Pearson airport Nov. 5 and charged with breaching the conditions of his release.
“I made a mistake and I apologize for that,” he told a Windsor judge after pleading guilty on Dec. 19. “It won’t happen again.”
He was sentenced to 90 days — or 24 days after the time already served in pre-trial custody was deducted. He was also to serve 12 months on probation and banned from traveling outside Canada.
Seems he had help from a kind Canadian Judge. Good, just don’t let him back.