EDMONTON – The U.S. Attorney’s office for the eastern district of New York says an Edmonton man has been extradited and will face terrorism and murder charges.
According to the office’s website, Sayfildin Tahir Sharif — who also goes by Faruq Khalil Muhammad Isa — will face the charges Saturday in a federal courthouse in Brooklyn.
The 36-year-old is charged with conspiring to kill Americans abroad, murdering Americans abroad, and providing material support to a terrorist conspiracy to kill Americans abroad.
The attorney’s office alleges Sharif supported a multinational terrorist network that conducted multiple suicide bombings in Iraq.
The complaint alleges Sharif worked from Edmonton to help a Tunisian man enter Mosul, Iraq, in 2009 and detonate a truck filled with explosives at a military checkpoint, killing five U.S. soldiers.
Earlier this month, the Supreme Court of Canada declined to hear the arguments of Sharif’s lawyers that RCMP didn’t allow Sharif access to a lawyer or interpreter the day of his arrest, and didn’t understand what was going on.
“Today’s extradition demonstrates to those who orchestrate violence against our citizens and our soldiers that there is no corner of the globe from which they can hide from the long reach of the law,” United States Attorney Loretta Lynch said in a statement Friday.
“We will continue to use every available means to bring to justice those who are responsible for the deaths of American servicemen and women who paid the ultimate price in their defence of this nation.”
Lynch said she was grateful to the Canadian government for its assistance and co-operation in the extradition.
If convicted, Sharif could face a maximum sentence of life imprisonment.
Sharif is an ethnic Kurd who was born in Iraq but moved to Toronto as a refugee in 1993. Four years later, he became a Canadian citizen.
He has been in custody since his arrest in 2011 at an Edmonton apartment, where he lived with his girlfriend and her children.