Toronto Islamist Pleads Guilty to Leaving Canada to Try and Join ISIS

Toronto Islamist Pleads Guilty to Leaving Canada to Try and Join ISIS

A 29-year-old Ontario man has pleaded guilty to leaving Canada to try to join Islamic State militants in Syria.

Pamir Hakimzadah, who is from Toronto, pleaded guilty Friday in a Toronto court to one count of leaving Canada to participate in a terrorist activity.

Crown attorney Christopher Walsh says in an agreed statement of facts that Hakimzadah left Canada on Oct. 22, 2014 and flew to Turkey where he tried to find a way into Syria to join the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.

He says a taxi driver in Turkey suspected Hakimzadah was attempting to join Islamic militants and turned him over to police.

Turkish authorities banned Hakimzadah from the country for a year and deported him back to Canada.

The prosecutor says Hakimzadah admitted to trying to join the militants, which is when his family reported him to police.

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