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Canadian sentenced for trying to join terror group

July 24, 2014

TORONTO (AP) — The first Canadian convicted under a law criminalizing attempts to join a terrorist group has been given the maximum sentence of 10 years in prison.

Justice Deena Baltman on Thursday sentenced Mohamed Hassan Hersi to two consecutive five-year terms for two counts of terror-related charges.

Hersi, 28, a Canadian born in Somalia, was found guilty in May of planning to join a terrorist group in Somalia.

He was also convicted of advising a person to participate in terrorist activity.

Hersi was arrested in March 2011 at Toronto’s international airport.

He argued he was the victim of entrapment, but the courts dismissed the objection last month.

The law on attempting to participate in a terrorist group came into effect in 2001.

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