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Ontario man pleads guilty to trying to join Islamic State militants in Syria

TORONTO — A 29-year-old Ontario man has pleaded guilty to leaving Canada to try to join Islamic State militants in Syria.


February 1, 2019
By The Canadian Press

Pamir Hakimzadah, of Mississauga, Ont., pleaded guilty Friday in a Toronto court to one count of leaving Canada to participate in a terrorist activity.

Crown attorney Christopher Walsh says in an agreed statement of facts that Hakimzadah left Canada on Oct. 22, 2014 and flew to Turkey where he tried to find a way into Syria to join the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.

He says a taxi driver in Turkey suspected Hakimzadah was attempting to join Islamic militants and turned him over to police.

Turkish authorities banned Hakimzadah from the country for a year and deported him back to Canada.

The prosecutor says Hakimzadah admitted to trying to join the militants, which is when his family reported him to police.

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