A man who called himself an ISIS executioner was accused of making up the story.
Shehroze Chaudhry, 25, publicly discussed his alleged role in the terrorist group and said he had participated in execution-style murders.
In 2016 he reported on his commitment to ISIS on social media CBC.
Chaudhry told CBC News that he joined ISIS in 2014 as an enforcer in the Syrian city of Manbij.
He remembered acts of violence such as regular public lashes, beheadings, and crucifixions.
The man also said he had nightmares and would wake up in cold sweats at least three times a week.
He gave an extensive account of the blindfolded shooting when speaking to the media.
However, after a lengthy investigation, he was arrested on Friday and charged with joke-terrorism activities.
The charges “stemmed from numerous media interviews” that were “published in multiple media, broadcast on podcasts and featured in a television documentary, which concerns Canadians about public safety,” the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) said in a statement .
Superintendent Christopher deGale, director of INSET in Toronto, said: “Hoaxes can create fear in our communities and create the illusion that there is a potential threat to Canadians while we are discovering otherwise.
“As a result, the RCMP takes these allegations very seriously, especially when actions by individuals lead the police to investigate into which human and financial resources are invested and which are diverted from other ongoing priorities.”
Canada’s terrorism joke law is sometimes used to prosecute those threatening false bombs. Global news Reports.
The charge is based on the assumption that even false allegations of terrorism spread fear and consume police resources.
University of Calgary law professor Michael Nesbitt said the charge – which carries a maximum sentence of five years – has never been brought against anyone allegedly involved in a terrorist organization.
Chaudhry, who used the name Abu Huzayfah, also spoke on the New York Times podcast Caliphate.
Recalling the alleged murder of a drug dealer, he said, “The blood was fair – it was warm and sprayed all over the place.
“And the guy was crying – crying and screaming.
“It’s hard. I had to stab him several times. And then we put him on a cross. And I had to leave the dagger in his heart.”
However, his story was not always consistent, as in one case he wrote on Instagram that he had been with ISIS “for a little less than a year” but told Global News that he had been in Syria for less than six months.
He also said he joined ISIS in January 2014, but his academic record showed that he was a 2014 student at the Institute of Environmental Sciences at the University of Lahore in Pakistan.
He even told Global News that he had never killed anyone – which contradicted what he said on the podcast.
Amarnath Amarasingam, a professor at Queen’s University who has been speaking to Chaudhry since 2017, said he was surprised by the RCMP allegations.
“While there were always questions about when he was going to Syria, nothing in my interactions with him indicated that he made it up,” he said.
“It will be a very difficult case, however. You have to prove that others thought terrorist activity was taking place and fear death / harm, that he wanted to create that fear and that he knows the information is wrong. “
Chaudhry will appear in a Brampton, Ontario court on the morning of November 16.