Straight to trial for 2 men charged in terror plot

TORONTO (AP) - Two men accused of plotting to derail a train in Canada with support from al-Qaida will be heading straight to trial after federal prosecutors said they were bypassing a preliminary inquiry into the case.

Raed Jaser and Chiheb Esseghaier were arrested in April in connection with a plot to derail a Via passenger train running between New York City and Montreal.

The prosecution announced its decision in court Monday.

Esseghaier, a Tunisian national, repeated his familiar refrain that he wants a lawyer who will use the Qur'an as a reference, not Canada's Criminal Code.

He refused to be led away by a female court officer at the end of his appearance, telling her, "You are not my wife."

Both return to court Oct. 21 to set a trial date.


(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

Top Stories

  • 'Boondoggle'
    Seattle's beleaguered tunnel project earns a spot atop a list of 11 'highway boondoggles'

  • Crime on the Hill
    A vibrant Seattle neighborhood is the focus of increased efforts to combat a spike in crime

  • Prost!
    10 people you can't escape at Oktoberfest
ATTENTION COMMENTERS: We've changed our comments, but want to keep you in the conversation.
Please login below with your Facebook, Twitter, Google+ or Disqus account. Existing MyNorthwest account holders will need to create a new Disqus account or use one of the social logins provided below. Thank you.
comments powered by Disqus
Sign up for breaking news e-mail alerts from MyNorthwest.com
In the community
Do you know an exceptional citizen who has impacted and inspired others?
KIRO Radio and WSECU would like to recognize six oustanding citizens this year. Nominate them to be recognized and to receive a $2,000 charitable grant.