OTTAWA - The Toronto man charged in a suspected bomb threat at the PMO on Wednesday is no stranger to the law.
Mohamoud Jimale, 45, was convicted in 1998 in Toronto for communication for the purposes for prostitution. He was fined $250.
He faced several other charges over the years, but they were withdrawn.
On Thursday, Jimale was charged with one count uttering threats and one count mischief after allegedly walking into the governmental building with a suspicious package, threatening people and praying in a foreign language. He has also been ordered to see a psychiatrist.
Langevin Block, that houses the PMO, was evacuated Wednesday morning, just hours before the government's speech from the throne. Harper wasn't in the building at the time.
All roads surrounding the building were closed for several hours as police investigated.
A bomb squad was called in to make sure the package wasn't dangerous.
The bomb scare occurred just hours before the government's speech from the throne, which was delivered as scheduled.
Jimale's wife of 18 years, Fos Elmi, 44, told QMI Agency that they came to Canada from Somalia and her husband is a gentle man who is dedicated to his Muslim faith.
She said her husband has been mentally ill for the better part of two decades.
"I don't know why he went to Ottawa," Elmi said outside the west-end Toronto apartment she shares with Jimale and their seven children.
-- With files from Terry Davidson