Canada: Terror Plot Suspects Given Life Sentence

Toronto court sentences two men found guilty of plot to derail a train to life in prison.

Ben Ariel ,


Two men found guilty of plotting to derail a passenger train in Canada with support from the Al-Qaeda terrorist group were on Wednesday sentenced to life in prison.

The Associated Press (AP) reported that Toronto Justice Michael Code sentenced Chiheb Esseghaier to two concurrent life sentences, as well as an additional 18 years. Raed Jaser, the second suspect, was sentenced to life with a concurrent sentence of 13 years.

A jury convicted Esseghaier, a Tunisian national, earlier this year of planning to derail a Via train heading from New York to Toronto and four other terror-related charges.

Jaser was found guilty of conspiring to commit murder in support of terrorism and two other charges.

Jaser, who was born in the United Arab Emirates to Palestinian parents but is not an UAE citizen, was living in Toronto when he was arrested.

It had been previously revealed that Canada had tried to deport Jaser, but did not do so after he claimed to be a “stateless Palestinian”.

A third man was charged in the United States in connection with the plot shortly after it was uncovered.

The man, Ahmed Abassi a Tunisian citizen, who used to reside in Canada, was charged in New York with fraudulently applying for a work visa in order to remain in the United States to facilitate an act of international terrorism.