Anser Farooq

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Anser Farooq is a Canadian defence attorney based in Mississauga, Ontario, who gained notability defending suspects during the 2006 Ontario terrorism plot.

Notable Clients[edit]

Farooq represented two members[1] of the 2006 Ontario terrorism plot: Ibrahim Aboud, and Qayyum Jamal. Aboud and Jamal had their charges stayed in April 2008.[2][3]

In 2007, he represented Ayad Mejid, a Muslim preacher who was suspected of using child pornography.[4] In 2010, charges were dismissed after a judge found that Mejid's rights were violated when he was forced to turn over his computer to investigators.[5] In April 2011, Majid filed a lawsuit against the government, where was again represented by Farooq.[6]

Farooq was also counsel for Khurram Sher, who was alleged to have participated in an Ottawa terrorism plot.[1] Sher had auditioned for Canadian Idol.[7] On October 13, 2010, Sher was released on bail.[8][9] Sher was represented by Michael Edelson at trial, where he was acquitted.[10]

Farooq was counsel for Mohamed Hersi, who was arrested on March 31, 2011 at Toronto Pearson International Airport and was alleged to have attempted to join Al-Shabaab.[11] After a two-day hearing Hersi was released on bail April 29, 2011.[12][13][14][15] Hersi changed counsel and was represented by Paul Salansky at trial. He was convicted of the charges and sentenced to 10 years in prison.[16]


  1. ^ a b Dubinksi, Kate. "Khurram Sher makes court appearance". The London Free Press. Canadian Press. Retrieved 2016-03-27.
  2. ^ Teotonio, Isabel (2008-04-15). "Charges have been stayed against four adults accused of belonging to a home-grown terror cell, three of whom were required to sign peace-bonds in a Brampton court this morning". The Toronto Star. ISSN 0319-0781. Retrieved 2016-03-27.
  3. ^ Teotonio, Isabel (16 April 2008). "So-called terror zealot vindicated". The Star. Toronto. Retrieved 8 January 2015.
  4. ^ Shephard, Michelle (31 March 2009). "Is Ayad Mejid a terrorist, a pedophile or a victim?". Toronto Star.
  5. ^ Colin Freeze (2012-08-23). "Judge spikes child-porn case against Muslim preacher targeted by CSIS". Toronto: The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 2013-03-20.
  6. ^ "Brampton man sues government alleging CSIS harassed him | Toronto Star". 2011-05-27. Retrieved 2013-03-20.
  7. ^ "Khurram Sher: A high-achieving, joking doctor". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 2016-03-27.
  8. ^ Canada (2010-10-14). "Terror suspect out on bail". Toronto: The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 2013-03-20.
  9. ^ "Doctor arrested in terror plot gets bail under strict conditions | Toronto Star". 2010-10-13. Retrieved 2013-03-20.
  10. ^ "Former London, Ont., pathologist found not guilty in terror trial". CBC News. Retrieved 2016-03-27.
  11. ^ "U of T graduate's arrest on terror charges alarms Toronto Somalis | Toronto Star". 2011-03-31. Retrieved 2013-03-20.
  12. ^ "Terror suspect Mohamed Hersi released on bail | Posted Toronto | National Post". 2011-04-29. Retrieved 2013-03-20.
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  14. ^ "Terror suspect granted bail in Brampton | CTV Toronto News". 2011-04-29. Retrieved 2013-03-20.
  15. ^ "Bail for Toronto man arrested on terrorism charges | Toronto Star". 2011-04-29. Retrieved 2013-03-20.
  16. ^ "Mohamed Hersi sentenced to 10 years for attempting to join al-Shabab". CBC News. Retrieved 2016-03-27.

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