Government of Canada lists Harakat Sawa’d Misr (HASAM) as a terrorist entity
February 20, 2019
The Criminal Code listing regime is an important tool for countering terrorism in Canada and globally, and is part of the Government’s commitment to keep Canadians safe. Effective today, the Government of Canada has listed Harakat Sawa’d Misr (HASAM) as a terrorist entity under the Criminal Code.
HASAM portrays itself as a nationalist movement attempting to overthrow the government of Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi. HASAM has generally targeted the Egyptian security apparatus, which the organization describes as enablers of the regime, using methods such as assassinations, attacks on convoys and the detonation of improvised explosive devices.
For example, on July 20, 2017, HASAM claimed responsibility for the shooting attack on a police convoy in which one officer was killed and three more were wounded.
While HASAM does not have a known connection to Canada, the listing is a means of prevention should circumstances change.
In addition to the listing of HASAM as a terrorist entity, the Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness has also completed his statutory two-year review of Canada’s listing regime. As a result, the other 54 entities currently listed under the Criminal Code will remain listed.
“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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