Twin brothers from Ottawa have been charged with terrorism-related offences after police in Ottawa arrested them on Friday night. Ashton Carleton Larmond and Carlos Larmond were planning to leave Canada to engage in terrorist activities abroad, according to a police statement. Ashton Larmond, 24, who was arrested in Ottawa, is charged with facilitating terrorist activity, participation in the activity of a terrorist group and instructing to carry out activity for a terrorist group, while Carlos Larmond, 24, arrested at Montreal’s Trudeau airport, faces charges of participation in the activity of a terrorist group and attempting to leave Canada to participate in terrorist activity abroad.
Today’s arrests speak to our ability to tackle a threat that is multi-faceted and constantly evolving. Through collaborative efforts with our partners, we were able to prevent these individuals from leaving Canada to engage in terrorist activity overseas.
James Malizia, Assistant Commissioner in charge of the RCMP’s Federal Policing Operations, said in a press release
Police say a court date has yet to be determined, adding they won’t comment further because the case is before the courts. The arrests followed a criminal investigation by the Mounties’ Ottawa Integrated National Security Enforcement Team, and comes only a month after another Ottawa man, John Maguire, appeared in an extremist recruiting video urging Muslims to launch indiscriminate attacks against Canadians, similar to those carried out in October in Ottawa and St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec. Maguire’s passport was revoked after he left Canada.