Video court appearances in Toronto today for two alleged terror suspects


TORONTO – Two suspects charged in an alleged plot to bomb a Via Rail train are scheduled to appear in a Toronto court this morning.

Both 35-year-old Raed Jaser of Toronto and 30-year-old Chiheb Esseghaier of Montreal are expected to appear by video.

The two men face several terrorism-related charges in what the RCMP has called the first known alleged plot in Canada directed by al-Qaida.

Jaser and Esseghaier, who were arrested last month, could be sentenced to life in prison if convicted of the charges.

Authorities say the target of the alleged plot was a Via train that runs between Toronto and New York City.

The RCMP stressed that the time of the arrests that there was no imminent threat to the public.

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