Man charged with attempting to leave Canada to help terrorist group

Authorities announced the charge today against Ismael Habib

MONTREAL — A Quebec man has been charged with attempting to leave Canada to participate in the activities of a terrorist group.

Ismael Habib appeared briefly in a Montreal courtroom today after the RCMP announced the new charge against him.

The case was postponed until Monday when a date will be set for a bail hearing.

Habib, 28, is also facing a charge of giving false information in order to obtain a passport.

A federal prosecutor said today she would continue to seek a peace bond against Habib _ a measure that would restrict his activities and keep him under surveillance if released.

The resident of Gatineau, Que., near Ottawa, was already detained in an unrelated case on charges of criminal harassment and possessing false documents.

Gatineau police said they arrested Habib after they received a domestic violence complaint against him in late February.