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Crown stays charges against Alberta teen who allegedly wanted to fight overseas

The boy, who cannot be identified, was 17 when RCMP arrested him last year in Beaumont, a bedroom community south of Edmonton.

EDMONTON — The Crown has stayed terror-related charges against an Alberta teen a month before he was to stand trial.

The boy, who cannot be identified, was 17 when RCMP arrested him last year in Beaumont, a bedroom community south of Edmonton.

Police alleged he was planning to leave Canada to fight with Islamic State militants.

He faced two offences: attempting to leave the country to participate in a terrorist group, and attempting to leave the country to commit a terrorist activity, "namely murder.''

Court records show the charges were stayed earlier this week.

Defence lawyer Nate Whitling said the Crown notified him in a letter that the charges were stayed against his client but it gave no explanation.