Terror plot sees Canadian twins imprisoned

  • 27/08/2016
A courtroom sketch of Ashton Larmond and Carlos Larmond
A courtroom sketch of Ashton Larmond and Carlos Larmond

A Canadian court has sentenced twin brothers to a combined 24 years in prison after they pleaded guilty to terror-related offences, including trying to leave the country to join a radical Islamic group.

Ashton Larmond, 25, was sentenced by an Ontario Superior Court to 17 years in prison minus time already served for giving instructions to carry out an activity for an extremist group, public prosecutors said.

His brother, Carlos, was given seven years minus time served for attempting to leave Canada to participate in a militant group.

Carlos was arrested at the Montreal airport in January 2015 as he was trying to leave Canada. His brother and a third man, Suliman Mohamed, 23, were arrested shortly later.

The prosecutor in the case said Ashton directed plans to join Islamic State in Syria or kill people in Canada, and described him as more of an organiser than his brother.

Mohamed was also sentenced on Friday to seven years minus time served for conspiring to participate in the activities of a militant group.

So-called "extremist travellers" are a growing concern for Canada, which suffered two deadly attacks by homegrown radicals in 2014.

Earlier this month, an Islamic State supporter who was in the final stages of preparing an attack on a Canadian city with a homemade bomb was killed during a police raid at his home in Ontario.