The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) in Canada have arrested and charged a man who apparently lied about his involvement in association with ISIS.
On Friday the police placed a criminal charge against Shehroze Chaudhry which he had been posting about his involvement in ISIS on social media since at least 2016.
Police said the 25-year-old was charged with a criminal code offence of perpetrating a hoax related to terrorist activity. He is to appear in court on November 16.
Shehronze Chaudhry said that he worked as an enforcer with ISIL and witnessed regular public lashings, beheadings and crucifixions. The Burlington resident told CBC in 2016.
He gained additional notoriety on Caliphate, an award-winning podcast by The New York Times, he also gave accounts of shooting blindfolded, tied-up civilians in the back of the head.
The exactness of his statements have sprung up a lot of questionings from several media reports.
RCMP Superintendent Christopher Degale said “Hoaxes can generate fear within our communities and create the illusion there is a potential threat to Canadians, while we have determined otherwise,”
“As a result, the RCMP takes these allegations very seriously, particularly when individuals, by their actions, cause the police to enter into investigations in which human and financial resources are invested and diverted from other ongoing priorities,″ said Degale, commander of an RCMP security enforcement team.