37-year-old Raed Jaser and 32-year-old Chiheb Esseghaier, the two men who had planned to attack a Via Rail passenger train from New York to Toronto, have been found guilty of terror-related charges.
The 12-panel jury found them guilty of conspiring to commit murder for the benefit of, at the direction of, or in association with a terrorist group and guilty of two counts of participating in, or contributing to the activity of a terrorist group.
In total, they faced nine terror-related charges and were found guilty of 8. They are scheduled to be sentenced on April 10. They face up to life in prison.
Esseghaier did not participate in his trial because he wanted to be judged by the “rules of the Qur'an.”
He did, however, give the jury a note asking them to apply the Qur'an to every aspect of their life and prepare for "judgment day."
During the trial, the jury heard secretly recorded conversations between the men and an FBI agent posing as a American businessman. On the tapes, Jaser and Esseghaier speak about terror plots which could be carried out in retaliation for Canadian military action in the Middle East.
This isn't the first time Canadian military action in Muslim countries has been used by radicals to justify terror attacks.
Prior to attacking Parliament, Michael Zehaf-Bibeau recorded a video in which he explained his actions.
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