Investigators looking into the father and son arrested for possessing explosive materials in Ontario claim that the 18-year old suspect was “on the cusp of radicalization”.
Shortly after their arrest on May 13th, the Minister of Public Safety Ralph Goodale told reporters that the case posed no known threat to national security and that it was a local matter.
The two suspects, 18-year-old Mahyar Mohammadiasl and 47-year-old Reza Mohammadiasl have since been released on a $50,000 bail. They were spotted leaving the courtroom Friday afternoon.
When authorities searched the residence of the two suspects they discovered several chemicals and items used for the construction of explosive devices. Among the evidence discovered at the Richmond Hill home were the chemicals red phosphorus, mercury and ammonium-nitrate, along with a copy of the notorious terrorism guide “The Anarchist Cookbook”.
The book which is readily available online includes detailed instructions on creating bombs, weapons and manufacturing drugs.
York Regional Police were tipped off about the pair when the Canada Border Services Agency and the U.S. Customs and Border Control contacted them with concerns about the two.
Several days later the father and son were apprehended while the rest of the neighbourhood was evacuated as a safety precaution.
Currently, the FBI is searching Mahyar Mohammadiasl’s phone, while investigators are looking through all of his other electronic devices.
Both suspects are expected to appear again in court on June 6th for their next hearing.