After leaving Canada to join ISIS in Syria four years ago, a Canadian ISIS fighter is begging to come back home. Mohammed Ali, who is only 28-years-old, is a Canadian citizen who fought on the frontlines of ISIS in the middle east before being detained with his wife and children by Syrian forces. Now he's calling on the Canadian government to save him.
Ali said that he was trying to leave Syria after ISIS began deserting their foreign fighters and was losing ground in Syria. He also said that since the militant group had pretty much given up on them and cast them out, they no longer felt safe there.
That's why Ali thinks now is a good time to come back home to Canada. He even said that he sees no reason why he shouldn't be allowed back, saying "Why shouldn't I be able to go home? I've done nothing in Canada. I've broken no laws there at all." Canadians, however, disagree completely.
In a Reddit thread about the ISIS fighters pleas to come back to Canada, Canadians are sharing their anger towards this man, but many people have also pointed out that there are some laws in our criminal code that Ali could or should be charged with breaking.
The first potential charge Canadians want to lay on Ali is treason. According to the criminal code, anyone who "assists an enemy at war with Canada, or any armed forces against whom Canadian Forces are engaged in hostilities, whether or not a state of war exists between Canada and the country whose forces they are" has committed treason.
Another charge that many Canadians think would definitely apply to Ali is terrorism charges, specifically under section 83.181 of the criminal code, since he fully left Canada and joined a terrorist group.
This section says: "everyone who leaves or attempts to leave Canada, or goes or attempts to go on board a conveyance with the intent to leave Canada, for the purpose of committing an act or omission outside Canada that, if committed in Canada, would be an offence under subsection 83.19(1) is guilty of an indictable offence and liable to imprisonment for a term of not more than 14 years."
Fortunately for the Canadians who have no desire to see Mohammed Ali back in Canada, both the Global Affairs Canada and Public Safety Minister, Ralph Goodale confirmed that this won't be happening anytime soon.
They both cited the current security situation in Syria as a reason why it's not possible for consular access or for diplomats to be sent there. Goodale also went on to say the repatriating foreign ISIS fighters is not a priority in Canada.