A director of a controversial Islamic centre in Minneapolis, Minn., was in Toronto at about the time an arraignment was held for a Toronto man facing terrorism charges, sources tell CBC News.
Hasan Jama — a director of a Minneapolis
Islamic centre where a handful of young Somalis regularly worshipped before disappearing in 2008 — was in Toronto around the time Mohamed Hersi appeared in a Brampton courtroom, the sources said.
Hersi, 25, was arrested March 29 at Toronto's Pearson International Airport and appeared in Brampton for a bail hearing the next day.
Police allege he planned to travel to Somalia to join al-Shabaab, a group Canada has listed a terrorist organization.
Hersi is charged with attempting to participate in terrorist activity and providing counsel to a person to participate in terrorist activity. Through his lawyer, Hersi has denied the charges. His bail hearing has been adjourned until Thursday.
Canadian security officials allege that Hersi is one of a group of young Somali Canadians from the Toronto area targeted by al-Shabaab recruiters.
Security officials have told CBC News that 20 Canadians in the Toronto area have already been recruited by al-Shabaab. The fear is that radicalized men and women could pose a security threat if ever they return to Canada CBC News