We all know about the so called ‘islamic state’ better known as ISIS. The terrorist group wreaked havoc in the middle east in countries like Syria and has recruited members for its army from around the world.
Some of those members are Canadians and a few of them have come home and are now back among us.
And the government is trying to come up with a plan with how to deal with them. So what is being done about them?
Surprisingly they aren’t just being thrown in prison right away.
To do that police would need to have specific evidence or witnesses for their crimes but that’s incredibly hard to get when they’re fighting with a foreign group overseas.
The government has set up something called the High Risk Returnee Interdepartmental Taskforce to deal with returnees, they're responsible for helping the RCMP deal with them.
When the taskforce knows a Canadian extremist is returning, they meet to figure out what to do.
If they do have evidence to charge the person they will but most times they try to get an order from the courts that restricts the person’s movement and access to the internet.
Sometimes they can’t even get that though and are forced to simply talk to the person and their family in an effort to help support their deradicalization.
If you’re wondering why they’re allowed back at all it’s because Canada, unlike other countries like the UK, doesn’t strip people who participate in extremist groups of their citizenship.
This means they’re allowed back in, but the government has canceled their passports meaning they have to go though a diplomatic process before they’re allowed back in.
Right now the government estimates that there are 190 Canadians participating in extremist activities abroad, and about 60 who have returned home.
Source: Global News