February 10, 2019
A Toronto criminal lawyer faces an investigation into her relationship with a terrorist client after jail-guards alleged they saw videos of her crawling under the table during jail-house visits, the Toronto Sun has learned.
Rishma Gupta promised the Law Society of Ontario on Sept. 4, 2018 that she’d stop practising while law society investigators pursued their probe of her relationship with alleged terrorist client Pamir Hakimzadah.
She is not admitting to the alleged “professional misconduct or lack of capacity to practise law at this time,” her Aug. 28, 2018 undertaking to the law society stated.
By making this undertaking, Gupta avoided a public temporary licence suspension hearing where the allegations that prompted the investigation would have been revealed, sources told the Sun.
On Feb. 1, 2019, Hakimzadah pleaded guilty to terrorism charges in Toronto as he admitted he left Canada to participate in ISIS terrorist activity on the same day day Parliament Hill was attacked by a gunman who murdered Cpl. Nathan Cirillo.
Hakimzadah, now 29, flew from Toronto to Amsterdam on Oct. 22, 2014 and then travelled to Istanbul, Turkey the next day, court heard. Hakimzadah, who will be sentenced Feb. 26, is now represented by Toronto criminal lawyer Luka Rados.
While Hakimzadah was represented by Gupta, she visited him at Toronto South Detention Centre in a private meeting room which allows an an inmate and a lawyer to face one another at a wall-to-wall table.
Guards, who intermittently monitor these rooms through a window, allegedly spotted Gupta with her feet on Hakimzadah’s lap as he massaged them, sources told the Sun.