VANCOUVER – A man acquitted of terrorism-related charges will remain locked up in British Columbia after the Immigration and Refugee Board ruled he poses a danger to the public.
Adjudicator Trent Cook said Othman Hamdan will remain incarcerated during the board’s review of his case because if released, he would continue to post material online that “celebrates” acts of terrorist violence.
Hamdan is a Jordanian national of Palestinian descent who came to B.C. from the United States and was granted refugee status following the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
A B.C. Supreme Court judge found Hamdan not guilty in September on charges including encouraging murder, assault, and instructing a person to carry out a terrorist activity, saying Hamdan’s comments might be offensive but they didn’t constitute inciting terrorism.
The allegations stemmed from 85 Facebook posts made between September 2014 and July 2015, one of which read, “Lone wolves, we salute you.”
Cook told Hamdan his life appears to be dedicated to posting information that could put lives at risk.