Skip to main content
The Globe and Mail
Support Quality Journalism
The Globe and Mail
First Access to Latest
Investment News
Collection of curated
e-books and guides
Inform your decisions via
Globe Investor Tools
per week
for first 24 weeks

Enjoy unlimited digital access
Enjoy Unlimited Digital Access
Get full access to
Just $1.99 per week for the first 24 weeks
Just $1.99 per week for the first 24 weeks
var select={root:".js-sub-pencil",control:".js-sub-pencil-control",open:"o-sub-pencil--open",closed:"o-sub-pencil--closed"},dom={},allowExpand=!0;function pencilInit(o){var e=arguments.length>1&&void 0!==arguments[1]&&arguments[1];select.root=o,dom.root=document.querySelector(select.root),dom.root&&(dom.control=document.querySelector(select.control),dom.control.addEventListener("click",onToggleClicked),setPanelState(e),window.addEventListener("scroll",onWindowScroll),dom.root.removeAttribute("hidden"))}function isPanelOpen(){return dom.root.classList.contains(}function setPanelState(o){dom.root.classList[o?"add":"remove"](,dom.root.classList[o?"remove":"add"](select.closed),dom.control.setAttribute("aria-expanded",o)}function onToggleClicked(){var l=!isPanelOpen();setPanelState(l)}function onWindowScroll(){window.requestAnimationFrame(function() {var l=isPanelOpen(),n=0===(document.body.scrollTop||document.documentElement.scrollTop);n||l||!allowExpand?n&&l&&(allowExpand=!0,setPanelState(!1)):(allowExpand=!1,setPanelState(!0))});}pencilInit(".js-sub-pencil",!1); // via darwin-bg var slideIndex = 0; carousel(); function carousel() { var i; var x = document.getElementsByClassName("subs_valueprop"); for (i = 0; i < x.length; i++) { x[i].style.display = "none"; } slideIndex++; if (slideIndex> x.length) { slideIndex = 1; } x[slideIndex - 1].style.display = "block"; setTimeout(carousel, 2500); }

A judge has barred terrorism suspect Awso Peshdary from communicating with several people.


Terrorism suspect Awso Peshdary has been barred — at least for the moment – from communicating with several people, partly because of Crown fears of witness intimidation.

The 25-year-old Ottawa man made an initial court appearance Wednesday following his arrest the day before on four charges, including participation in the activities of a terrorist group.

Two other Ottawa men – accused of joining extremists overseas – were also charged with terror-related offences, even though their whereabouts are unknown and one is reportedly dead.

Story continues below advertisement

Peshdary's lawyer, Richard Morris, said his client intends to plead not guilty.

"He's doing as well as can be expected," Morris said after the hearing in Ottawa. "He's – as you might expect – a little bit surprised and dismayed by the charges he's facing."

Peshdary's parents, wife and sister attended the hearing.

Morris argued in court there was not enough information to grant the non-communication order, saying he was "still in the dark" as to the reasoning behind it.

Federal prosecutor Rod Sonley said the order was needed to prevent interference with a dozen or so individuals – including members of the Muslim students association at Ottawa's Algonquin College – who might be witnesses or otherwise figure in the case.

Sonley told a justice of the peace there was "more than sufficient" basis for the order and "no evidence to the contrary."

The resulting court order, which will be revisited at a hearing Monday, covers Peshdary's co-accused – John Maguire, 24, and Khadar Khalib, 23 – both of whom the RCMP consider active members of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, or ISIL.

Story continues below advertisement

The extremist organization has been on a vicious, atrocity-riddled rampage across large portions of the Middle East, and is the target of a U.S.-led combat mission in Iraq by a coalition of countries, including Canada.

Peshdary was an associate of Maguire and once hoped to travel abroad with him, according to the RCMP. They believe Peshdary stayed in contact with Maguire, and together they entered into a conspiracy to send other Canadians to Syria to join ISIL.

Peshdary and Maguire collaborated with Khalib, who travelled to Syria at the end of March, 2014, to join ISIL, the Mounties say.

The non-communication order also covers twin brothers Ashton and Carlos Larmond as well as Suliman Mohamed – three Ottawa men arrested in January as part of an alleged terrorist conspiracy. The RCMP moved quickly to arrest Carlos at the Montreal airport as he was about to board a plane overseas.

Though there are now terrorism charges against six young men from Ottawa, Sonley played down the notion of direct connections between the two waves of arrests.

"I don't want to leave you with the impression that Mr. Awso Peshdary is directly involved in the alleged offences against Ashton Larmond. They're different proceedings," Sonley said.

Story continues below advertisement

"They may have arisen out of the same investigation but they became separate projects at some point."

Morris expressed concern Wednesday that he knew little about the charges against his client and that he was not allowed into an RCMP news conference Tuesday where his client's arrest was announced.

"I think it speaks poorly of the process when they're more concerned with press releases than they are with my client's constitutional rights," Morris said.

"And I remain offended by that."

Peshdary was working at a call centre in August, 2010, when he was arrested in apparent connection with another terror probe. However, he was charged only with unrelated assault allegations and later acquitted.

Report an error
Due to technical reasons, we have temporarily removed commenting from our articles. We hope to have this fixed soon. Thank you for your patience. If you are looking to give feedback on our new site, please send it along to If you want to write a letter to the editor, please forward to
Comments are closed

We have closed comments on this story for legal reasons or for abuse. For more information on our commenting policies and how our community-based moderation works, please read our Community Guidelines and our Terms and Conditions.

To view this site properly, enable cookies in your browser. Read our privacy policy to learn more.
How to enable cookies