A Pakistani man planned to use remote-controlled bombs to blow up the U.S. Consulate and other buildings in Toronto’s financial district, authorities said on Wednesday.
Jahanzeb Malik, 33, was arrested on Monday following a lengthy investigation by security and anti-terrorism personnel, said the Canada Border Services Agency. He has not been charged and the allegations have not been proven.
Malik was ordered held in custody on “security grounds” pending deportation following an Immigration and Refugee Board hearing on Wednesday. He appeared via video link from Lindsay, Ont.
Security expert Michel Juneau-Katsuya, a former CSIS agent, told CBC News Network the government is likely moving to deport him to avoid a criminal trial, which could take years and cost the government millions.
“They want to try and avoid that lengthy exercise, and simply send him to Pakistan, hoping that he will be arrested immediately and also prosecuted.”
“This is a little bit strange,” said Juneau-Katsuya. “We have him, we should be able to deal with this guy.”