Monday, April 16, 2007

Canada: Two Muslims have been charged with attacks on Jewish institutions and conspiracy to kidnap


Seven months after a molotov cocktail was thrown at a Montreal Jewish school, Montreal police arrested two suspects: Azim Ibragimov, 22, and Omar Bulphred, 24.

Both appeared in court this afternoon. They are suspected of carrying out the September fire-bomb attack on the Toldos Yakov Yosef School, arson earlier this month at a Jewish community centre and setting fire to a car.

The two Canadian-born Muslims are charged with 9 counts, including conspiracy to commit armed robbery, conspiracy to kidnap, conspiracy to forcibly confine someone, and formulating threats to the Jewish community, including one death threat against a Jewish person.

The contents of two letters discovered in the course of the investigation were not made public, but the police says material it found suggests the crimes were motivated by hate towards the Jewish people. The police’s reluctance to make further details public suggests that it has not concluded its investigation and other arrests could be made. The police says, however, there is no evidence of links to hate or terrorist groups.

The Crown objected to freeing the suspects until their next court appearance early next week.

In 2004, the library of a Montreal Jewish school was destroyed by a firebomb thrown by a Muslim man, Sleiman El Merhebi. El Merhebi was suspected of having been influenced by a “militant” whose identity was never revealed.

Canada: Muslims Charged With Firebombing Jewish Targets


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