Appeal Filed in R. v. Ali

Toronto – June 7, 2018 – The Public Prosecution Service of Canada today announced that it has filed a notice of appeal in respect of the decision released May 14, 2018 in Ontario Superior Court in R. v. Ali.

The notice of appeal states that the trial judge erred in law in concluding that the respondent’s acts were not committed for the benefit of, at the direction of or in association with a terrorist group contrary to s. 83.2 of the Criminal Code.

On May 14, 2018, Ayanle Hassan Ali was acquitted of terrorism charges and found not criminally responsible by reason of mental disorder of the lesser, included offences of three counts of attempted murder, two counts of assault causing bodily harm, three counts of assault with a weapon, and one count of possessing a weapon for a dangerous purpose contrary to s. 88 of the Criminal Code.

The decision to appeal is guided by policy outlined in the PPSC Deskbook, which is a public document.

The Public Prosecution Service of Canada is responsible for prosecuting offences under federal jurisdiction in a manner that is free of any improper influence and that respects the public interest. The PPSC is also responsible for providing prosecution-related advice to law enforcement agencies across Canada.

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