A Canadian Muslim learned the hard way — if someone doesn’t want to convert to Islam, don’t press the issue.
Video of a March 3 beating that occurred inside an Ottawa jail was released this week after being used in an Ottawa courtroom Thursday.
It depicts Carlos Larmond, who, along with his twin brother is facing terrorism-related charges, being taken to the woodshed by two other inmate, one of whom Larmond was trying to convert, according to LiveLeak, which secured a copy of the video.
LiveLeak reported that the video:
. . . shows two men viciously attack Larmond with a flurry of punches and kicks while surrounded by other inmates. At one point in the video one of the men appears to drop an object on Larmond before he is able to get to his feet and is escorted out by correctional officers.
Terrence Wilson, 24, was sentenced on Thursday to 60 days in jail for assault causing bodily harm related in the attack.
Paolo Giancaterino, the lawyer representing Wilson, told Global News Larmond had tried to convert his client to Islam on several occasions and threatened to kill him when he resisted.
“It first started with some friendly requests for him to convert to Islam and be a soldier of Islam, and my client was having none of it,” Giancaterino said, according to LiveLeak. “It escalated to the point where threats were starting to be made that my client would be killed in his cell if he didn’t convert. That was followed up by another threat that my client’s family would be killed by someone on the outside if he didn’t convert.”
Giancaterino said that the threats began several weeks before the beating, and then escalated.
Giancaterino said Larmond suffered a broken left hand and a black eye in the beating.
Carlos Larmond and his twin brother, Ashton, are facing terror-related charges after they were arrested by the RCMP in January after allegedly attempting to travel overseas for terrorist purposes.
Both have been charged with participation in the activity of a terrorist group and for attempting to leave Canada to participate in terrorist activity abroad. Ashton has also been charged instruction to carry out activity for a terrorist group.
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