Case of Montreal teen found guilty of terrorism charges put off until March

MONTREAL -- A Quebec teen convicted on two terrorism-related charges will have to wait until later this year for his sentencing hearing.

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He was found guilty in December of committing a robbery in association with a terrorist organization and planning to leave Canada to participate in the activities of a terrorist group abroad.

Youth court Judge Dominique Wilhelmy authorized a number of expert and pre-sentencing reports today that will take several weeks to complete.

The case returns to court March 29 when lawyers will decide if they can proceed with hearings in early April.

Prosecutors say the 16-year-old is the first Canadian convicted of attempting to leave the country to participate in terrorism-related activities since the charge to the Criminal Code in 2013.

The case stems from an October 2014 convenience store robbery the Crown successfully argued was linked to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant and committed to help finance the boy's trip to take part in the conflict in Syria.

The teen had already pleaded guilty to the robbery charge.



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