Ontario’s top court has upheld a decision allowing a Muslim terrorist, Ayanle Hassan Ali, found not criminally responsible in a knife attack at a Toronto military recruitment center to eventually take college classes on his own.
Global News (h/t Richard S) March 14, 2016, Ayanle Hassan Ali walked into the Canadian Forces Recruiting Centre in North York, and immediately started punching the soldier at the entrance in the head, before pulling a large kitchen knife from a folder and stabbing him, leaving a three-inch gash to the corporal’s arm….A Sergeant slipped on some spilled coffee and Ali lunged, stabbing over and over, only his knife was pointed the wrong way and he was using the blunt handle.
He was charged with attempted murder, assault causing bodily harm and assault with a weapon, as well as carrying a weapon, all for the benefit of a terrorist group.
Last year, an Ontario judge found that while Ali carried out the attack based on his extremist beliefs, the formation of those beliefs was precipitated by mental illness. The judge also found Ali was not acting on behalf of or for the benefit of a terrorist group., despite “screaming that Allah told me to kill people.”
As a result, Ali was cleared on the terror element of the charges and found not criminally responsible on the lesser included offences.
Prosecutors are also appealing that finding, arguing Ali should be considered a terrorist even though he acted alone. They say Ali should still be considered not criminally responsible, but on the terror charges rather than the lesser ones, and are seeking a new trial on that issue.