Trial begins for Montreal teen facing terrorism-related charges

It is not normal for a 15-year-old boy to be facing terrorism-related charges in Montreal.

That point was made last October while a 15-year-old boy was being questioned about what motivated him to rob a convenience store in Lachine using a knife. The youth was arrested, on Oct. 17, by the Montreal police and is currently on trial, at Montreal’s Youth Court, on charges he committed the crime for the benefit of, or under the direction of, a terrorist group and that he was preparing to leave Canada to take part in a terrorist activity. The Crown alleges the armed robbery was committed by the 15-year-old, whose name cannot be published because he is a youth, so he could purchase a plane ticket to fly to a foreign country and possibly join a terrorist group committed to jihad.