March 20, 2015

Men who plotted terror attack on Via Rail found guilty

Rebel Staff

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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commented 2015-03-22 18:03:27 -0400
I’m thinking that putting the two in a barrel then tossing into the Niagara river about 200 meters above the falls would be fitting.
commented 2015-03-21 18:39:03 -0400
Blaming Canada for defending civilians in the middle east from the bullies butchering their families is like any bully in any gang retaliating against you for intervening as a good samaritan to defend a victim they are pummeling. Justice for victims of oppression has no boundaries. We don’t tolerate human rights abuses here and we don’t tolerate them there.

Too bad so much of the world has fallen prey to bullies; we can’t possibly save all the victims. Sigh.
commented 2015-03-21 12:53:18 -0400
Why should they be “judged” by Koranic law? They broke OUR laws! Moreover, they refused to become Canadians, and insisted, by their actions, on retaining their old nationalities whilst residing here. Max “western” sentencing, please… under the NEW laws Harper is attempting to bring about for just scenarios as this (“life” means life — with NO possibility of parole)!
commented 2015-03-21 12:48:24 -0400
Hang em high, don’t use my tax money so they can die of old age in prison.
commented 2015-03-21 11:13:33 -0400
@ True North , we need a Gitmo style prison , on Baffin Island
commented 2015-03-21 11:13:33 -0400
@ True North , we need a Gitmo style prison , on Baffin Island
commented 2015-03-21 07:33:28 -0400
We can only hope that our prison community embraces and celebrates the wondrous benefits that multi-culturalism has brought to this great land.
commented 2015-03-20 22:21:45 -0400
They should be made to serve their sentences at the new Baffin Island Penal Institution. That would be the one that looks a lot like a pup ten.
commented 2015-03-20 21:09:01 -0400
Marty, I agree they should be deported back to wherever they came from on the condition that the plane doesn’t land, just toss them out at 4000 feet.
commented 2015-03-20 19:25:43 -0400
I will be interested to see what prison sentence they get.
John Zealand wrote ‘No prison time, waste of space and money. One bullet for two.’ I agree! Use a .44 magnum, it will get the job done. However, we will never see that kind of justice in Canada, and that is probably a good thing.
To save space and money, they should be deported to wherever they came from. Maybe Syria with a bounty on their heads.
commented 2015-03-20 18:03:58 -0400
One of the problems with incarcerating terrorists is that eventually an airliner or other vulnerable collection of innocents gets kidnapped and are used as hostages for a demand for the release of the detained terrorists. Germany caught on to this pattern in the 1970s and broke the cycle with the collective suicide of all Badder-Meinhoff detainees….:-)
commented 2015-03-20 17:58:37 -0400
Punish with Shariah law.
commented 2015-03-20 17:15:35 -0400
No prison time, waist of space and money. One bullet for two!
commented 2015-03-20 17:12:04 -0400
Those two deserve to get a harsh prison sentence to set a precedent in any other future terrorism by anyone else so as to be a deterrent and to show zero tolerance of even plotting this war like behaviour in Canada. The penalty for terrorism should be death. Good that they were convicted but now lets see what the sentence will be.
commented 2015-03-20 16:59:26 -0400
Qur’an ? I didn’t know she was sick.