Seems awfully light… Six months house arrest for terrorism hoax meant to end engagement

EDMONTON – An Edmonton woman who told the Canadian Forces her sister’s fiancé was a terrorist in an attempt to end their engagement will be under house arrest for six months.

Hana Bedhiafi, 24, sobbed in court as provincial court Judge Elizabeth Johnson told her she wasn’t going to jail.

“You did a stunningly stupid thing, amazingly stupid and thoughtless,” Johnson said. “The kinds of consequences that could flow from this behaviour are difficult to contemplate. However, I am convinced you would never do this again.”

In April 2014, Bedhiafi was “quite upset” with her older sister’s marriage plans, Crown prosecutor Craig Krieger told court. While Bedhiafi and her family believed the engagement was a bad idea, the older sister was adamant about the man she wanted to marry.

  • CodexCoder

    So tell me who, other than the taxpayer, is going to pay for the police services time to investigate this false claim? She should have been jailed until she paid the fees for all of the trouble she caused (lawyer’s fees on both sides, police time). If there are no real consequences for people like this, then I don’t buy the judge’s statement that she will not re-offend.

  • cmh

    Hey, we’re lucky there was even a bloody conviction…. they will likely appeal and get off….

    • Alain

      I hope the sentence is not overturned. In the same vein I would like to see the same thing happen to women making false rape charges which ruin the life of those accused no matter what.

  • Yusuf_Al_Kafir

    If this story didn’t involve Muslims it would be widely reported and Letterman would be making jokes about it.

    Then again, this story was only possible because of the obvious connection between terrorism and Muslims.


  • Clinton

    I forsee a lot of really awkward family get-togethers for this crew…

    And yes, this woman needs to pay for both sides’ legal fees and for
    the wasted police time.

  • tom_billesley

    Confining a muslim woman to her house is sort of “coals to Newcastle”.

  • WalterBannon

    As muslims, they are by definition terrorists-in-waiting

    i say deport her