The Crown has asked that Ismaël Habib receive an overall prison sentence of nine years for his attempt to leave Canada to join ISIL.
“He wasn’t going to go there to put bandages on people,” federal prosecutor Lyne Décarie told Quebec Court Judge Serge Délisle on Thursday during Habib’s sentence hearing. “He wanted to participate.”
Habib had made several attempts to get to Syria after he was asked to turn over his Canadian passport following a trip to Syria in 2013. The RCMP decided to create a scenario in which he was tricked into believing he was being recruited into a criminal organization that smuggles people in and out of Canada. Habib, 29, ended up confessing his intentions to the man he believed was the leader of the organization and admitted, while being secretly recorded on videotape, that he wanted to fight with ISIL, the militant jihadist group known for kidnapping people and decapitating them.