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Canada suspects in train plot appear in court

August 19. 2013 1:36PM
Associated Press

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(AP) Two men accused of plotting to derail a train in Canada with support from al-Qaida have appeared in court before they discuss their case with a judge next month.

Chiheb Esseghaier and Raed Jaser appeared in a Toronto courtroom via video link Monday.

The men were arrested in April in connection with a plot to derail a Via passenger train running between New York City and Montreal. Police said it was the first known attack planned by al-Qaida in Canada.

Esseghaier will represent himself. He does not have a lawyer because he insists his case be based on the Quran, not Canada's Criminal Code.

They'll be in court Sept. 23. If convicted, they could face life in prison.

Associated Press

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