Bail hearing begins for two Montreal teens who face terrorism-related charges

Two Montreal teens who face terrorism-related charges will get a chance to convince a judge they should be released on bail.

MONTREAL — Two Montreal teens who face terrorism-related charges will get a chance to convince a judge they should be released on bail.

El Mahdi Jamali, 18, and Sabrine Djermane, 19, listened quietly as their bail hearing began Friday with the Crown presenting its case.

The man and woman each face four charges: attempting to leave Canada to commit a terror act abroad; possession of an explosive substance; facilitating a terrorist act; and committing an act under the direction or for the profit of a terrorist organization.

Usually, the Crown must prove why an accused should remain detained, but in terrorism cases the burden falls on the defence to demonstrate why they should be released.

The Crown has said it will argue the pair should remain detained pending the outcome of their case.

A publication ban, requested by the defence, was granted on all the evidence being presented.

Jamali and Djermane, both students at College de Maisonneuve, a Montreal junior college, were arrested in April as what the Crown called a “preventive measure.” Prosecutors wanted them to sign peace bonds that would set out conditions and restrictions on their day-to-day lives.

But days after their arrest, they reappeared before a judge to face the criminal charges.

An RCMP investigator testified Friday as relatives of the accused looked on.

Both had new lawyers, but it didn’t cause any delays to the hearing, which is expected to last three days before Quebec court Judge Robert Sansfacon.

The case resumes Monday.

Just Posted

Don Cherry says he was fired, not sorry for ‘Coach’s Corner’ poppy rant

MISSISSAUGA, Ont. — Brash, outspoken, opinionated — longtime hockey broadcaster Don Cherry… Continue reading

National security officials objected to stopping Ukraine aid

WASHINGTON — The view among the national security officials was unanimous: Military… Continue reading

Father of Broncos player who died says Alberta organ donation bill needs work

EDMONTON — The father of a Broncos hockey player whose organs were… Continue reading

Morales says he’s headed for Mexico as clashes rock Bolivia

LA PAZ, Bolivia — Former Bolivian President Evo Morales said Monday he… Continue reading

Winds fan ferocious fires in Australia’s most populous state

CANBERRA, Australia — Ferocious wildfires were burning at emergency-level intensity across Australia’s… Continue reading

Your community calendar

Wednesday Pain 101 class — learn to take control of your chronic… Continue reading

Opinion: Kenney plainly explains why Alberta deserves a fairer deal

By David Marsden It had been expected that Premier Jason Kenney would… Continue reading

Reflections on writing about the lives of Beckett, Beauvoir

“Parisian Lives: Samuel Beckett, Simone de Beauvoir, and Me: A Memoir,” Nan… Continue reading

Ensign Energy Services slashes dividend in half, reports $37.8M Q3 loss

CALGARY — Ensign Energy Services Inc. cut its dividend in half due… Continue reading

Top teams in good shape as Euro qualifying reaches climax

With the Netherlands missing out on Euro 2016 and Italy absent from… Continue reading

Ricky Gervais returning to host the 2020 Golden Globe Awards

LOS ANGELES — Look out Hollywood, Ricky Gervais is returning to host… Continue reading

Family: Life is what happens …

As we crunch through November it seems the question on everybody’s lips,… Continue reading

National security officials objected to stopping Ukraine aid

WASHINGTON — The view among the national security officials was unanimous: Military… Continue reading

Most Read