TORONTO - A former downtown Toronto security guard has been found guilty of two terrorism offences in Brampton Friday.
After two days of deliberations, a jury found Mohamed Hassan Hersi, 28, guilty of attempting to participate in terrorist activity by joining Al-Shabab, the Somali terrorist group that orchestrated the massacre of a shopping mall in Nairobi last year.
Hersi was also found guilty of counselling another man — who was an undercover Toronto police officer posing as a Somali-Canadian — to join the same organization.
Hersi, a former security guard at the downtown building that houses the Hockey Hall of Fame, was on bail for three years without incident but it was revoked after the verdict.
He was busted at Toronto’s Pearson Airport in March 2011 as he set to leave for Cairo. He testified he was going to Egypt to study Arabic and isn’t an extremist and didn’t support terrorism.