Via Rail terror plot suspects set to go on trial in Toronto today

TORONTO — A trial is set to get underway today for two men accused of plotting a terrorist attack on a passenger train travelling between Canada and the U.S.

Raed Jaser and Chiheb Esseghaier are both charged in the alleged Via Rail plot and are expected to appear before a jury in Toronto.

Jaser, a permanent resident of Palestinian descent, faces four charges, including commission of an offence for a terrorist group.

Esseghaier, a Tunisian national who was doing doctoral research on nanosensors in Quebec, is facing five charges, including participating in a terrorist group.

Esseghaier, who had requested a lawyer willing to use the Qur’an as a reference for the case instead of the Criminal Code, is representing himself at trial.

Not guilty pleas have been entered for both men.

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