British Columbia: man charged over mosque threat expected to plead not guilty

A commissionaire who allegedly posted comments online suggesting the Masjid Al-Iman Mosque on Quadra Street be blasted with a rocket launcher appeared in Victoria provincial court on Wednesday.

Daniel Kevin Speed is charged with causing fear of injury or damage. His defence lawyer, Bill Heflin, said Speed was expected to plead not guilty at his next court appearance on Oct. 3.

The charge reads: “Azhar Omarjee has reasonable grounds to fear and does fear that Daniel Kevin Speed will cause damage to the property of Masjid-al-Iman Mosque – based on an incident that occurred on or about the 17th day of August.” Omarjee is the chairman of the B.C. Muslim Association Victoria branch.

The comments were posted on I Love Downtown Victoria’s Facebook page.

Times Colonist, 20 September 2012