A B.C. man has been arrested on a peace bond under the suspicion that he might commit an act of terrorism.
Khalid Ahmed Ibrahim, 39, caused a "fear of terrorism" on December 8, according to documents obtained by Vice News.
A peace bond is essentially a type of restraining order. It can impose conditions on a person such as prohibiting them from leaving the country, forcing them to surrender any weapons they own and not allowing them to access the internet.
Ibrahim's bail conditions include that he must live with his mother, not leave B.C., not possess knives or alcohol, maintain a 6 p.m. curfew, not access the internet and attend counselling, Vice reported.
Police have sought 19 peace bonds since last year
When Canada's anti-terrorism bill passed last year, it made it easier to apply a peace bond than to charge or convict a suspect.
Since then, police have sought 19 terrorism peace bonds from the courts, according to the National Post.
Some legal experts fear these peace bonds make it easier to arrest and impose conditions on people who haven't committed any crimes.
"In particular, we're concerned that by doing this, we're normalizing these exceptional powers, and the case hasn't been made that they're needed," Sukanya Pillay, executive director of the Canadian Civil Liberties Association, told CBC News.
"... we're concerned that by doing this, we're normalizing these exceptional powers, and the case hasn't been made that they're needed."
Aaron Driver was perhaps the most well-known subject of a terrorism peace bond. The Ontario man was killed in a police confrontation when he set off an explosive device in Strathroy, Ont. in August.
At the time, he was under a peace bond that prohibited him from using a computer or cell phone.
Ibrahim's peace bond is pending. He is set to appear in provincial court in New Westminster, B.C. on Dec. 20.
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