Final arguments in trial of Montreal teen facing terror-related charges

MONTREAL — Closing arguments are scheduled to take place today in the case of a Montreal teen who faces terrorism-related charges linked to a robbery.

The 16-year-old’s trial took place earlier this month before youth court Judge Dominique Wilhelmy.

The teen, who cannot be named because he is a minor, faces two charges: committing a robbery for the benefit of a terrorist organization and planning to leave Canada to participate in the activities of a terrorist group abroad.

His father alerted police after he became worried his son had been radicalized.

The trial heard the teen had conversed with jihadist sympathizer Martin Couture-Rouleau, who killed a Canadian Forces soldier near Montreal last October and injured another.

The defence did not present any witnesses and failed to persuade the judge last week to have one of the charges dismissed.

He has already pleaded guilty to the October 2014 robbery.

The Canadian Press

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