A Canadian extremist who has allegedly called for the "extermination" of Jews has been charged with promoting genocide, marking the first time such a case has been filed in Canada.

Salman Hossain was charged by Ontario Provincial Police following an investigation into Internet posts that advocate the mass killing of Jews in Canada and other Western countries.

At a press conference at a hotel near Pearson Airport this afternoon, out-going OPP Commissioner Julian Fantino and Deputy Commissioner Vince Hawkes announced the unprecedented charge against the Bangladeshi-Canadian, who left Mississauga for South Asia before the five-month police investigation was finished."Canada's Charter of Rights and Freedoms includes the right to freedom of speech and freedom of assembly," said Commissioner Fantino. "But we must not stand idly by when these rights are used as a shield to promote hatred against in a community."

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