More jail time sought for Canadian in Mauritania

Aaron Yoon is pictured here with other students while in grade 12 in a copy of the 2005-06 South Secondary School yearbook.



LONDON, Ont. — Prosecutors want to increase the sentence for a Canadian man with links to terrorism.

According to local media reports, Mauritanian officials are looking to extend 24-year-old Aaron Yoon's sentence to 10 years.

Yoon's family in London, Ont., is aware of the situation, but "not taking questions at this time," his brother said Tuesday.

He did say family members have remained in contact with Yoon and that right now they are just "waiting" to see how everything unfolds.

Yoon has served roughly a year of a two-year prison sentence after he was convicted of having ties to a terrorist group and posing a danger to national security, media reports state.

An anonymous official told local media the new charges come from Yoon's connection to two other London, Ont., men who were involved in a terror attack on an Algerian gas plant.

Yoon's former schoolmates Ali Medlej, 24, and Xristos Katsiroubas, 22, died in the gas plant attack in January that killed at least 38 hostages and 29 militants.

A fourth Londoner, Mujahid (or Ryan) Enderi, reportedly in Libya, has also been the focus of a police investigation of the attack in Algeria.

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