Ismail Habib found guilty of trying to leave Canada to join ISIS

A Gatineau man has been found guilty of attempting to leave the country to participate in activities of a terrorist group.

Quebec court Judge Serge Delisle handed down the ruling today and said Ismael Habib lacked credibility.

The relatively new charge was introduced in the Criminal Code in 2013 and carries a maximum 10-year sentence.

The Crown had accused Habib of attempting to leave Canada with a plan to join Islamic State in Syria.

The case presented by prosecutors demonstrated that Habib told undercover RCMP officers twice during an elaborate sting operation in 2016 he wanted to travel to Syria to join the Islamic State.

Habib's lawyer argued that authorities coerced a confession out of his client, who was desperately trying to reunite with his wife and children somewhere in the Middle East.