Peace pledge against terrorism placed on Toronto man with ISIS, Al Qaeda propaganda on the phone


A Toronto man who had hundreds of ISIS, Al Qaeda and Taliban videos on his phone was placed on terrorism bail Friday over fears he was committing extremist violence.

During a hearing, a federal prosecutor said Daniel Khoshnood had attracted the attention of the RCMP counterterrorism team through his association with Kevin Omar Mohamed.

Khoshnood, 30, had “expressed an interest in violent extremism” while in prison, and a search of his phone revealed “extremist literature” including the Al Qaeda propaganda magazine Inspire.

Documents on ISIS, bomb-making and planning attacks were also found on Khoshnood’s phone, along with more than 200 videos of “violent propaganda” from terrorist groups, according to the Crown.

“Police uncovered other online comments from Mr Khoshnood suggesting support from extremist groups and uncovered evidence suggesting he had taken steps to locate some prison staff he had previously dealt with,” said the Crown.

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Khoshnood has agreed to be placed on a peace pledge against terrorism that will limit its activities for 10 months.

The RCMP applied to the court for peace bond on April 16, alleging that Khoshnood might otherwise participate in the activities of a terrorist group.

Canadian authorities have used counterterrorism peace bonds to control suspected extremists they believe pose a threat, but without charging them with terrorism-related offenses.

Global News reported this week that an unprecedented four-year peace pledge against terrorism had been imposed on Mohamed, who served a prison sentence for attempting to join an al-Qaeda-linked faction in Syria.


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Khoshnood is known to have made bomb threats and served time in prison for robbery.

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While incarcerated, he requested books on “Islamic extremist militant groups” and Iranian Revolutionary Guards, according to parole records.

“You also wrote on a piece of paper (that you knew the staff would find) that you wanted to find information about bomb-making techniques, the chemicals used to make bombs, and you wanted to learn how to make bombs. Specific terrorist manufactured car bombs that “killed 77 people LOL” reads in a parole decision.

“You told the psychologist that you were thinking of ‘shooting people, killing people, cutting them up, just for fun… these are just thoughts. “He got ‘an unusually high psychopathy score,” the parole board added.

His sentence ended on September 23, 2019.

But according to the Public Prosecution Service of Canada, the RCMP’s Integrated National Security Team later learned of its connection to Mohamed.

The two met and discussed communicating through encrypted messaging apps, the Crown told the court.

Khoshnood was initially arrested for breach of probation, but when a search of his phone revealed suspected terrorist material, police requested a peace bond.

He was released from detention on May 3.

Asked by the Ontario court if he intended to abide by the terms of the anti-terrorism peace bond, he replied, “Yes, I do. “

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Stewart.Bell@GlobalNews.ca

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