Confession of Muslim accused of terror-related offence is admissible, Quebec judge rules

A damning confession made by a Quebec man days before his arrest on a terrorism-related charge can be used against him, a judge has ruled.

After months of deliberation, Judge Serge Délisle of Quebec provincial court has decided the RCMP did not break the rules in conducting an elaborate undercover sting operation against Ismael Habib.

In the sting, Habib, 29, told an undercover RCMP officer it was his “duty” to fight jihad alongside ISIS. He also confessed to whipping a prisoner on a 2013 trip to Syria.

He was arrested days later in his home in Gatineau, Que., on unrelated charges, after an apparent domestic dispute. Once in custody, he was charged with the terrorism-related offence.