From The Ottawa Citizen
Toronto extremist added to Interpol’s list of fugitives
TORONTO — Interpol has issued a wanted notice for a young Toronto extremist who sparked outrage when he urged terrorists to attack Canada and to carry out a genocide of the country’s Jewish population.
Salman an-Noor Hossain, 25, a Bangladeshi-Canadian, was added to the international police organization’s database of fugitives at the request of Ontario Provincial Police.
Last July, police charged Hossain with two counts of advocating a genocide and three counts of promoting hatred but he left the country before the investigation was completed and has not yet been arrested.
“The OPP and the OPP Hate Crimes Unit are still actively seeking Mr. Hossain,” said Insp. Dave Ross, an OPP spokesman. “We have an outstanding arrest warrant based on the charges that were laid earlier this year.
“As part of that process, we submit the information on the individual to Interpol, which circulates it among police services around the world,” he said. “It is an ongoing investigation, we are actively following leads and trying to track down Mr. Hossain and bring him to justice.”
Born in Bangladesh, and apparently raised in Ghana before immigrating to Canada with his parents, Hossain was studying at the University of Toronto in Mississauga, Ont., when counter-terrorism police grew concerned about his Internet posts, which called for terrorist attacks in Canada, cheered the killing of Canadian troops in Afghanistan and urged the genocide of Canada’s Jews.
The RCMP, CSIS and OPP conducted investigations, but Ontario Attorney General Chris Bentley told the Jewish community last fall Hossain was not being charged, in part because he was undergoing rehabilitation.
But Hossain quickly resurfaced on a U.S.-based conspiracy theory website where he repeatedly urged that Canada’s Jews be “exterminated,” “slaughtered” and subjected to “mass executions.”
Even after he was charged, he continued to promote racist violence until Internet companies shutdown his websites last summer.
An email requesting a response to his Interpol wanted poster went unanswered.
“We have, for a number of years, pointed to the fact that Salman Hossain was a dangerous, hateful man,” said Bernie Farber, CEO of the Canadian Jewish Congress. “We are very relieved to see that international policing have placed a high priority on his capture.”
Police would not identify the country where they believe Hossain is hiding. The wanted poster on the Interpol website says a warrant for his arrest was issued by the Ontario Superior Court of Justice in Mississauga, Ont.