Murderous ISIS Terrorist Welcomed by Liberals is Free to Live and Work in Toronto
Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale has refused to provide details on the status of a Canadian former ISIS fighter who made an apparent confession to an execution-style killing in Syria, saying police and security officials are taking all necessary steps to "keep Canadians safe."
Goodale fielded questions from the Conservatives in the House of Commons Friday about the former ISIS member, who goes by the jihadi nom de guerre Abu Huzaifa al-Kanadi (Abu Huzaifa the Canadian), after he gave a detailed account in a New York Times podcast of firing a bullet into the back of a man's head — a story he now says he made up.
Speaking with CBC on Friday afternoon at the suburban Toronto-area business where he works, the 23-year-old denied killing anyone when asked about his statements in the podcast.
"I did not," he said. "You can put me through a polygraph and it will prove that I didn't kill anyone."
When asked why he told Times reporter Rukmini Callimachi that he participated in an execution, Huzaifa said, "I was being childish. I was describing what I saw and basically, I was close enough to think it was me."
CBC News reached out to Callimachi for comment. A newspaper spokesperson responded via email, saying the Times had "confirmed with multiple intelligence agencies" that Huzaifa had been a member of ISIS and had travelled to Syria.
"Forthcoming episodes in our series detail the fact-checking process at length and show what we know to be true about his story, and how we came to know it," wrote spokesperson Danielle Rhoades Ha.
CBC News has reported that Abu Huzaifa had been questioned extensively in the past by RCMP and CSIS, but was not charged.
Abu Huzaifa said Friday he hasn't been contacted by the RCMP for "months" but added that, earlier Friday, a CSIS official contacted him and said, "You're famous again." Abu Huzaifa said the official told him CSIS wants to meet with him next week to discuss the allegations.
Those allegations emerged in a New York Times audio series called "Caliphate." In the podcast, Abu Huzaifa makes an apparent confession to taking part in the communal, execution-style killing of Sunni Muslim men. The middle-aged men — blindfolded and with their arms tied — were killed, he said, because they had offered resistance to ISIS.