Judge reserves decision on bail in Fort St. John terror case

Othman Hamdan is escorted from court in Fort St. John in July, 2015. File photo

Othman Ayed Hamdan will have to wait until the end of month to learn if he’ll be granted bail.

Judge Richard Blaskovits reserved his decision until Fri., July 31 following a two and half hour bail hearing for Hamdan in Fort St. John this afternoon.

The 33-year-old is facing six counts of counseling to commit murder and assault causing bodily harm on behalf of a terrorist group for posts he’ss alleged to have made on social media between September 2014 and July of this year.

He appeared in court today wearing a faded black shirt with his sleeves rolled up, and carrying a small book. For the most part, Hamdan sat leaning back in his chair as he listened to federal Crown prosecutor Todd Gerhart outline the government’s case against him.

A publication ban has been ordered on evidence and information provided in today’s hearing.

At several points during Gerhart’s submissions, Hamdan appeared stirred by some of the claims being made, at one point requesting a pen and piece of paper from his lawyer Bryan Fitzpatrick and furiously scribbled away.

Following the hearing, Gerhart said it’s difficult for prosecutors to predict how much time a judge will need to consider a bail decision.

“They’ll hear the case and make a decision in the time they need based on the facts of the case and the law surrounding the issues,” Gerhart said.

Hamdan was arrested on July 10 and remains in custody.

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