Once an ISIS member, Calgary woman is now a target, court said

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ISIS has offered a bounty on the life of a Calgary woman who the Crown fears may re-radicalize after joining the terror organization eight years ago, her lawyer said Friday.

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Defense attorney Yoav Niv, successfully seeking a publication ban on the woman’s identity, said she suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder and fears for her safety.

Niv told Provincial Court Judge Lloyd Robertson that his client has become a target of ISIS after cooperating with Western intelligence groups.

“(She) has cooperated and provided information to both the RCMP and foreign intelligence and law enforcement agencies in relation to a listed terrorist group – ISIS or Islamic State,” Niv said.

“This is a dangerous international terrorist organization. This terrorist organization has offered a bounty on his life, due to his status as an apostate and his cooperation with law enforcement.”

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The attorney noted that there are people in Calgary who are suspected of being members of ISIS, including Hussein Borhot, who pleaded guilty last month to joining the terror group as a fighter after considering becoming a suicide bomber.

Borhot, who is currently out on bail, will be sentenced next week.

“In addition, (she) intends to testify as a state witness in trials in foreign jurisdictions, including the United States. (She) is also a victim of torture, human trafficking, and sexual assault.”

Crown prosecutor Monique Dion said the woman, now 31, traveled to Syria in 2014 to join the terror group.

“He became radicalized after the death of his brother,” Dion said.

In support of a 12-month peace bond request due to fears the woman is involved in terrorist activities, the prosecutor said the woman spent time in detention by Syrian forces before being returned to Canada last year.

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The court order would allow authorities to “administer certain treatment and rehabilitation counseling,” Dion said.

“Just to allow that to continue with some conditions to make sure that happens.”

The order “would ensure that we don’t have a situation where she is in contact with people who would take terrorist views,” Dion said.

Based on an affidavit by RCMP Const. Melissa Schellenberg, Robertson agreed to place the woman under a bond of peace and found that there was evidence that she posed a potential threat.

Schellenberg’s document indicates that the woman was in Syria from at least August 18, 2014 until her return to Canada last November.

During that time he promoted and advocated for ISIS using social media, Schellenberg said.

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“There are reasonable grounds to conclude that, while in that jurisdiction, he personally sought out individuals loyal to the Islamic State,” Robertson said.

While spending about two years in a Syrian prison camp, where she sought out resources to deradicalize, Schellenberg said she believed the woman was still heavily influenced by ISIS.

Among the conditions of his peace bond is that he receive any counseling or treatment recommended by parole and he is prohibited from associating with any person or group known to support a terrorist entity.

KMartin@postmedia.com

On Twitter: @KMartinCourts

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