Laval woman facing weapons-related terrorism charge
Published Friday, July 13, 2012 3:52PM EDT
Last Updated Friday, July 13, 2012 7:14PM EDT
MONTREAL-- A Laval woman already accused of supplying weapons parts to Lebanon is now facing a terrorism charge.
The RCMP says the charge follows an investigation that alleges Mouna Diab, 26, committed offences for the benefit of a contact linked to Hezbollah.
Hezbollah has been considered a terrorist organization by Canada since December 2002.
Diab was among those who publicly pleaded for tolerance towards the Muslim faith after bylaws discouraging Muslim customs were passed in Herouxville Quebec in 2007.
Diab was arrested in May 2011 at Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport for allegedly trying to smuggle parts for an AR-15 rifle in her luggage.
She was charged last October with illegally exporting weapons to Lebanon. A United Nations resolution prohibits Canadians from selling arms to anyone in Lebanon.
An RCMP official said Friday that the weapons were bound to the Hezbollah group, but they did not say that she herself was a member of the group.
A deeper investigation brought about a new charge: committing an offence for a terrorist group, a charge that carries up to a maximum of life in prison.
The RCMP alleges Diab was shipping parts through other Lebanese community members, although those people were unaware of what they were carrying.