Only one Canadian of the 130 who allegedly left to help a terrorist group has been charged. Why?

Recently enacted Criminal Code provisions give police the power to charge people who travel for terrorist purposes (i.e., people like Shirdon). So far, however, only one suspect has been charged: Hasibullah Yusufzai, a 25-year-old from Burnaby, B.C., who allegedly took up arms in Syria “for the benefit of, at the direction of, or in association with a terrorist group.” A wanted man, Yusufzai is still missing.

That no one else has been charged raises the obvious question: What about the other 129 Canadians who have linked up with terrorists abroad? The answer, though, is not as simple as it seems.


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