Terrorism suspects claim to be ‘proud’ Algonquins, says report

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THE OTTAWA CITIZEN

The Ottawa twin brothers who both face terrorism-related charges are claiming to be members of the Algonquin First Nation, according to an APTN National News report.

The report cites sources as saying that Carlos and Ashton Larmond, 24, are “very proud” Algonquins, adding that “they believe they’re the first First Nation converts to Islam to have been charged under anti-terror laws in Canada.”

APTN also says the twins’ father, Anthony Larmond, claims his sons get their aboriginal heritage through his side of the family, although, as the report notes, he could not recall a First Nation community to which his family might be associated.

The Larmonds were charged in early January with several terrorism-related offences, including participation in the activity of a terrorist group, following their arrest by the RCMP.

At the time, their lawyer Joseph Addelman said his clients “intend to vigorously defend these allegations,” and that the charges against them offend Canadian principles of freedom of religion and freedom of expression.

Addelman declined to comment on Wednesday on his client’s bid to be recognized as First Nations members.

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