Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Father of VIA terror suspect came forward with concerns, imam says

As Mark Shea would say, more like them please - an imam tipped off police to a terror suspect and the father spoke to another imam about concerns with his son's rigid view of islam.  It is only fair to point out good things in the Muslim community.

"While the imam’s role has been widely reported, Mr. Syed said his law office, which works with many Muslim organizations, has acted similarly many times before.

He said the firm helps community members reach out to authorities, and also helps investigators who want to speak to community members. He said the relationship between the two has achieved a new level of comfort. “It’s always been there but it took a lot of time to develop the trust and the contact between the community and the agencies,” he said.

Meanwhile, Public Safety Minister Vic Toews said Canadian Muslims played an “instrumental” role in the RCMP investigation that led to the arrests.

In an interview with the National Post, the minister compared the cooperation received from members of the Muslim community with the role Boston residents played in the capture of the marathon bombing suspect.

“The community involvement in dealing with these kinds of activities is absolutely essential. In that context I’d specifically want to point out the fact that the Muslim community was very instrumental in providing very crucial information that helped the police in this case,” he said."

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