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Judge halts release of ISIS supporter set to live in Enderby

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August 14, 2019 - 11:00 AM

ENDERBY - A Federal Court judge has put a temporary halt on an alleged ISIS supporter scheduled to be released from custody to live in Enderby.

Justice Clement Gascon granted the stay of proceedings in Vancouver, at the Federal Court of Canada Aug. 13, barring the release of Othman Ayed Hamdan for another two weeks.

Hamdan's case is now set for a judicial review to be heard Aug. 29.

The Immigration and Refugee Board had ordered Hamdan to be released from detention Aug. 2, but a Federal Court judge put a temporary halt on his release.

According to court documents Aug. 2, Hamdan was set to live in a basement in Enderby with a friend who agreed to post a $2,000 bond.

In 2015 Hamdan was arrested and charged with four terrorism counts based on dozens of social media posts supporting ISIS and encouraging lone-wolf attacks. One Facebook post identified the Revelstoke Dam as a potential target for a terrorist attack. Hamdan was living in Fort St. John, B.C. at the time of his arrest.

In 2017 Hamdan was not found guilty of the charges but remained in custody facing deportation back to Jordan. Hamdan appealed the decision saying his life would be in danger if he was sent back there.

The 37-year-old originally came to Canada in 2002 as a refugee. A Judge called Hamdan an "unmitigated liar" in an earlier court proceeding stating he had not "uttered one truthful word since he came to Canada."

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