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Court records show a warrant was issued for Palasz’s arrest Feb. 10, 2020, the day he was to begin a three-day trial in Edmonton provincial court. Logan said Palasz, who is in his mid 50s, is not considered dangerous.
High-profile terror hoax charge in Ontario
Terror hoax charges are relatively uncommon. For an accused person to be convicted, the Crown must prove they created “reasonable apprehension” that a terrorist activity will occur, “without believing the information to be true.”
Terror hoaxes were recently in the headlines in Ontario, when INSET announced charges against a man who claimed he travelled to Syria to fight with the Islamic State (ISIS).
RCMP said Shehroze Chaudhry, a 25-year-old from Burlington, Ont., made the claims in multiple media interviews, including on the New York Times podcast Caliphate. Police now believe those claims were fabrications.
In a news release, Supt. Christopher deGale, the head of Ontario’s INSET unit, said hoaxes “can generate fear within our communities and create the illusion there is a potential threat to Canadians, while we have determined otherwise.”
“As a result, the RCMP takes these allegations very seriously, particularly when individuals, by their actions, cause the police to enter into investigations in which human and financial resources are invested and diverted from other ongoing priorities,” he said.
— With files from the National Post
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