Their families have already swung with dispatch into victimhood mode. “Terrorism charges against young Montreal pair after RCMP probe,” by Allan Woods, Toronto Star, April 20, 2015:
MONTREAL—A young Montreal couple arrested last week is now facing terrorism charges after investigators claim to have found explosive substances and evidence the 18-year-olds planned to join an overseas terror group.
Sabrine Djermane looked stunned as she was led into the prisoner’s box Monday. She was followed in by El Mahdi Jamali, her boyfriend, who whispered under his breath to her throughout the brief appearance, continuing even after they were warned against talking buy [sic] a guard. Both are registered as students at Collège de Maisonneuve, a junior college in downtown Montreal. They had been living together at a chic apartment near the school for about a month before being arrested last month.
The couple was supposed to seek bail on Monday. Instead they learned of accusations that, if substantiated, could send them to prison.
The charges include:
Attempting between Jan. 1, 2015 and April 14, 2015 to leave the country to join in a terrorist group;
Building or possessing an explosive substance; facilitating a terrorist activity between Feb. 4, 2015 and April 14, 2015,
Carrying out a criminal act (possessing exlosive substances) for the benefit of a terrorist group.
A friend of Jamali who was among the dozen supporters and family members in the court audience, wrote on Facebook that his friend appeared pale, tired and had clearly lost weight since the couple was arrested early last week.
The friend noted that Djermane was not wearing the Islamic headscarf she normally wore in public.
“Stand by them. They are innocent. I feel it and I know it,” the friend wrote. “Pray for him. He is simply the victim of an incredible injustice.”
Of course. Isn’t that what we always hear in cases like this?
Family members of Jamali and Djermane were clearly distraught by the charges, but did not speak to the media. Marc Giroux, Jamali’s defence lawyer, said the young man’s family was “appalled, surprised and disappointed.”
“It’s not just because you’re a Muslim that you’re a necessarily a terrorist. (Jamali’s family) seem like very good folks. They’re kind of surprised at the nature of the accusations. That being said, are the accusations for real? Are they backed up? Are they serious? We don’t know yet.”
Djermane’s father has previously said his daughter was “a victim” in the matter and that Jamali had been determined to marry the girl. Jamali’s friend also referred to Djermane as his “wife” but it is unclear if the two were legally married….