This article was last updated on April 16, 2022
An Immigration and Refugee Board hearing on Monday returned the suspect accused of plotting to blow up the U.S. consulate in Toronto, 33-year-old Jahanzeb Malik, back to jail until the next hearing. During the hearing last week, Malik shook his head as IRB member Iris Kohler repeated the allegations made against him. The allegations include conspiring and recruiting an undercover police officer to bomb buildings in Toronto’s financial district.
There was no new evidence surfaced at the hearing, and the representative for the Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration and a representative for Mr. Malik’s lawyer did not make any submissions either. In case the result is against Mr. Malik, he will be deported back to his native Pakistan since he has not been formally charged with any criminal offense so far. Without any additional information, Ms. Kohler upheld last week’s decision to keep Mr. Malik in detention. She cited his past conditional discharges for fraud and assault, while highlighting that “this is a factor that weighs very heavily in the decision being made with regards to you.”
Mr. Malik’s next detention review hearing is scheduled for April 14. Regardless of the next scheduled hearing, Mr. Malik has until Mar. 24 to make submissions to support his claim to be allowed to stay in Canada on humanitarian or compassionate grounds. Thereafter, an admissibility hearing will be scheduled to look into the matter and decided whether he’ll be deported or not.