TORONTO – One of the two suspects charged in an alleged al-Qaida directed plot to attack a Via Rail passenger train told a Toronto court this morning that Canada’s Criminal Code “is not the holy book”
Chiheb Esseghaier, who faces several terrorism charges along with Toronto resident Raed Jaser, asked to address the court when he made his second court appearance in as many days, having appeared yesterday in Montreal.
The justice of the peace presiding over the case told him to be careful what he said.
Esseghaier took issue with the Criminal Code, saying it was written by “a set of creations” that are not perfect.
The 30-year-old PhD student from Montreal said “only the Creator is perfect.”
He was remanded in custody and is to appear again May 23. He was also told he must apply for bail at a different level of court.
Jaser, 35, was also remanded in custody until May 23, when he is to appear via video from a detention centre.