Government of Canada lists Harakat Sawa’d Misr (HASAM) as a terrorist entity
“Today’s update of the Criminal Code terrorist entity listings is an important step in our efforts to fight terrorism globally and ensure Canada remains a safe and peaceful country. The Government of Canada will continue to take appropriate action to counter terrorist threats to Canada, its citizens and its interests around the world.”
– Ralph Goodale, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness
The actions of HASAM meet the legal threshold set out in the Criminal Code, which requires reasonable grounds to believe that an entity has knowingly participated in or facilitated a terrorist activity or is knowingly acting on behalf of, at the direction of, or in association with such an entity.
There are now 55 terrorist entities listed under the Criminal Code.
The listing of terrorist entities under the Criminal Code assists Canadian security, intelligence and law enforcement agencies by helping to facilitate the prosecution of perpetrators and supporters of terrorism, and plays a key role in countering terrorist financing.
The listing also helps obstruct assistance from sympathizers in Canada by criminalizing certain support activities including those related to terrorist travel and recruitment.
Every two years the Government of Canada completes a statutory review of the Criminal Code list of terrorist entities to confirm whether an entity continues to meet the legal threshold for listing.
The assessments for new terrorist entity listings are an on-going process. New entities are added once it has been determined that they meet the legal threshold.
Senior Advisor for Communications
Office of the Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness
Public Safety Canada
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