The masked man in the video vowed to kill one Arab per week in Quebec. Montreal police have arrested a suspect who is now in custody. Making threats can carry a sentence of 5 years in prison under Criminal Code of Canada.
MONTREAL – Montreal police have arrested a man in connection with a video posted on YouTube that shows a man threatening to kill Muslim people in Quebec.
In the video, a man in a “Joker”-type mask threatens the death of one Arab per week in the province.
Const. André Leclerc said a suspect is in custody and being interviewed by investigators.
The man was arrested on Monselet Street in the borough of Montreal North on Tuesday night.
It is not yet clear what charges may be laid in the case.
The suspect will make an appearance at the Montreal courthouse Wednesday afternoon.
Interim Quebec Security Minister Pierre Moreau warned that the kind of threats made in the video carry serious legal repercussions.
“This attitude has to be condemned,” he said. “Under the Criminal Code, such threats can carry a sentence of five years in prison.”
Moreau also said investigating such incidents puts additional pressure on police resources.
“We’re diverting our security forces, who have more important things to focus on,” he said.