Montreal couple cleared of terror charges now helping in fight against radicalization

One was convicted of having explosives, and they could still be convicted of jihad terror charges on appeal.

This is the utter insanity that is Justin Trudeau’s Canada.

Acquitted of terror-related charges, Djermane and Jamali now helping provincial anti-radicalization centre

Sabrine Djermane, El Mahdi Jamali, centre, and his father leave the courthouse after the couple was acquitted of terror-related charges Dec. 19. The pair is now helping Quebec’s anti-radicalization centre develop a guide to support people charged with terror offences. (Ryan Remiorz/Canadian Press)

A month after a jury acquitted Sabrine Djermane and her boyfriend El Mahdi Jamali of terror-related charges, the couple is helping Quebec’s anti-radicalization centre develop a guide on how to care for people charged with terror offences who have gone through the prison system.

Djermane and Jamali, 19 and 18 years old when they were arrested in April 2015, spent two and a half years in detention. They were released at the end of their trial on Dec. 19, 2017.

“They want to give back to the community,” said the director of the Montreal-based Centre for Prevention of Radicalization Leading to Violence (CPRLV), Herman Deparice-Okomba.

Their involvement with the CPRLV is not recent. Deparice-Okomba says the centre developed an intervention plan for the two while they were in jail, which included a plan to help their reintegration into society.

Expertise needed in Quebec

“It was in that context that we suggested they help us, by talking about what they’ve gone through and to see if they can help us develop a guide to how to take care of people who have been charged with terror offences,” said Deparice-Okomba.

He says it’s the kind expertise needed in Quebec.

“It allows us to understand the process of radicalization and indoctrination in Quebec,” said Deparice-Okomba. “That allows us to develop good prevention strategies.”

Herman Deparice Okomba heads the Montreal-based Centre for Prevention of Radicalization Leading to Violence. (Ryan Remiorz/The Canadian Press)

Djermane and Jamali will work as consultants for 12 weeks to develop the guide and will be paid an allowance to cover expenses.

Deparice-Okomba says the fact that the two are now working on the guide does not constitute an admission of guilt on the terror-related charges on which they were acquitted. He says while they may have had radical ideas, they were not violent.

He says this is an excellent opportunity for the couple.

‘You have to give them a chance’

“They’re only 22 and 21 years old. Life is not over for them,” he said.  “You have to give them a chance. Their chance is to show the community that they’ve learned from the past.”

The couple’s legal troubles aren’t over yet, however.

Last week, the Crown appealed Djermane’s acquittal on the charged of possession of an explosive substance.

Jamali was found guilty of a single lesser charge, possession of an explosive without a lawful excuse. Because of pre-trial time served, his sentence for that offence has already been purged.

The two signed peace bonds that were issued separately from the criminal charges, and they continue to be bound by several conditions outlined in those bonds.

Those conditions include a prohibition against using social media, a requirement to check in weekly with the RCMP and a requirement to avoid Montreal’s Assahaba mosque, linked to the controversial imam Adil Charkaoui.



“Two accused terrorists hired as ‘anti-radicalism consultants’ — and you’re paying their salaries,” by Ezra Levant, The Rebel, January 23, 2018:

Shocking news from Quebec:

“Sabrine Djermane and El Mahdi Jamali, two Montrealers acquitted of terrorism after three months of trial and over two years incarceration, will be consultants for the Center for Prevention of Radicalization Leading to Violence (CPRMV), learned La Presse.”

Now, it’s technically true that these two men were “acquitted of terrorism” — just last month, actually.

But one was convicted of having explosives, and both are banned from a number of terrorist-oriented activities.

And just last week, the crown appealed, so they might yet be convicted.

Even if they win their appeal — how can you have them consorting with other would-be jihadis, when according to the Toronto Star that’s one of the prohibitions that still apply to them?

The fact that these two have pled “not guilty” shows they have not acknowledged their evil and repented. The opposite. They say they did nothing wrong; they fought their first convictions, they’re fighting this appeal.

So who is this group, the CPRMV?

They’re taxpayer funded, for one thing: $1.2 million from the Ministry of Public Security in Quebec. Another $700,000 from the city of Montreal….

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