Squamish woman charged with terrorism offenses after travelling to Syria to join ISIS

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A Squamish woman has been charged with terrorism offenses after travelling abroad to join ISIS.

51-year-old Kimberly Polman of Squamish was arrested and charged by the Pacific Region RCMP Federal Policing Integrated National Security Enforcement Team (INSET) on July 5th.

The charges include one count under Section 83.181 of the Criminal Code: Leaving Canada to Participate in Activity of Terrorist Group, and one count under Section 83.18 of the Criminal Code: Participation in Activity of Terrorist Group.

These charges stem from an ongoing criminal investigation regarding allegations that the individual left Canada and traveled to Syria in 2015 to join ISIS.

Polman was repatriated to Canada in October 2022 and was placed on a series of bail conditions. She has been subject to a Terrorism Peace Bond under s.810.011 of the Criminal Code since November 7, 2023.

“The success of this investigation is directly attributable to the work done by our dedicated investigators and the strength of our policing and intelligence partnerships. Along with our Canadian and International partners, the RCMP remains committed to combatting violent extremism both in Canada and abroad, says Superintendent Jag Dhot, Pacific Region RCMP Federal Policing INSET.”

“Policing partners, local communities and families are all key in the successful identification, prevention and disruption of terrorist activities, as well as individual disengagement from violent extremism.”

Polman is scheduled to make her next court appearance on Friday, August 2nd, 2024.

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