Richmond, B.C.------On Wednesday, July 23rd, the BC Muslim Association (BCMA) learned through the RCMP of charges laid against Hasibullah Yusufzai under Section 83.201 of the Criminal Code.
The Association and its members acknowledge the severity of the charges laid on the accused, and the implications of such charges. We maintain an unequivocal position of upholding and abiding by Canadian law, and denounce all illegal activities. Furthermore, the Association and its members condemn the participation of Canadians in any terrorist activity at home or abroad.
The BCMA operates several mosques and centers around the province of BC, which open their doors to any and all that wish to worship as per our religion tenets, like other churches, synagogues and temples across Canada. The accused was not, however, a member of any of our Association’s branches, nor did anyone of this name ever register for, attend or study in a religious class at a BCMA facility, or any BCMA sponsored seminar or event.
The BCMA implements strict policies preventing individuals or groups from using any of our religious, social and educational programs to incite illegal acts or recruit for such purposes. We support and regularly collaborate with law enforcement and government agencies in such matters, and remain committed to do so in the future.