The Winnipeg man suspected of supporting ISIS has agreed to a peace bond that includes a number of strict conditions to limit his activities.
Aaron Driver, 23, was expected to start a four day trial on Monday, but his lawyer and the Crown came to agreement surrounding the 11 conditions Driver must adhere to for the next 10 months.
Driver’s lawyer, Leonard Tailleur tells 680 CJOB a trial would have resulted in a peace bond anyways.
“If that was the case, the Crown was going to ask for the Full Monty,” Tailleur said. “They were going to ask for the full year, all of the conditions, the GPS device, the whole works.”
Instead, the Crown agreed to remove the GPS monitoring device Driver has been wearing since he was granted bail in June 2015.
But, Driver cannot apply for a passport from any country, he can’t own a cellphone or a computer and can’t have any access to social media.
“I think it’s a compromise,” Tailleur said. “Compared to the initial conditions that the prosecution had asked for right out of the gate, (it is) significantly different.”
Other conditions include having no contact with any terrorist groups or own any objects that bears the ISIS logo.
If he complies with all of these conditions, he will be a free man in December.
Driver left the Law Courts wearing a balaclava and did not speak to reporters.
RCMP first raided a Charleswood home on June 4th, 2015 where Driver was living and took him into custody. It is alleged that he was posting comments online under the name Harun Abdurahman praising the terrorist attack on Parliament Hill.
Driver has never been charged and has no criminal history.
Complete Peace Bond Conditions
- Keeping the peace and being of good behaviour.
- Appearing before court when required.
- Carrying a copy of the peace bond on him at all times and producing it when a police officer asks for it.
- Living at a specific address in Strathroy, Ontario, and notifying a RCMP of any changes in address.
- Reporting twice a month to the RCMP.
- Not possessing or acquiring any firearms, ammunition, prohibited devices or explosive substances.
- Not applying for any passport from Canada or any other country.
- Not possessing any cellphones, computers, laptops, tablets or similar electronic devices “unless permitted in advance in writing from specified RCMP officer.” Expires on August 31.
- Staying away from social media websites such as Facebook and Twitter
- Not possessing anything bearing the symbol for ISIS or ISIL or the words “Islamic State of Iraq and Syria and Al Qaida in Iraq.”
- Having no contact with any members of ISIS or ISIL or any affiliated group, or with “any terrorist group or organization as designated by the Government of Canada” under the Criminal Code.