Would-be Ontario Muslim terrorist denied bail

21 January 2011: An investigation that began on 17 November 2010 when police from Pembroke, Ontario were called to investigate an assault of a woman who sought safety at a Pembroke womens shelter turned into an investigation of planned Islamic terrorism. Based on the police investigation, Matin Abdul STANIKYZ, 24, an Afghan national, was charged by the RCMP’s anti-terrorism squad with attempting to possess an explosive substance, counseling to commit theft, uttering a threat to cause death and threatening to burn, destroy or damage personal property.

The assault victim was an employee of Atomic Energy of Canada, Limited (AECL) located at Chalk River Laboratories. She told authorities STANIKYZ arrived in Toronto, Canada in November 2009, where he lived with his brother and sister-in-law for six months. Later, she moved with him to Pembroke when she was hired by AECL.

According to court documents, STANIKYZ allegedly asked the woman to obtain explosive materials so he could detonate a bomb at CFB Petawawa, a military installation located about 100 miles from Ottawa, where he wanted to kill or injure upwards of 100 people at that location. The female alleges that she secretly recorded the conversation that reportedly took place in July, 2010. She further alleges that  STANIKYZ expressed his desire to become a suicide bomber or infiltrating the Canadian military as an interpreter in Afghanistan. His ultimate objective in the latter intended course, according to the allegations, was to lead Canadian troops into an enemy ambush. He reportedly said that he does not care if he dies and that if he killed a non-Muslim in the process,  he would be considered a martyr.

The female, who advised police that she was concerned for her safety, alleged that STANIKYZ became very religious and threatened to kill her. She also alleges that STANIKYZ described himself as a Taliban and al Qaeda supporter and considered Canadians to be the enemy. She further alleges that STANIKYZ wanted to kill people at CFB Petawawa as the “people there are getting ready to fight in his country of Afghanistan.”

Yesterday, Justice Timothy Ray upheld the December 2010 decision by Justice of the Peace Richard Sculthorpe to deny bail, ruling that STANIKYZ poses a flight risk and that refusal of bail is necessary to protect the public’s safety. He will remain in custody at the Ottawa-Carleton Detention Centre.