Muslim Terrorists Arraigned For Trial In Toronto
Mr. Esseghaier and Mr. Jaser, who are both in their 30s, were arrested in April, 2013, following a long cross-border investigation into an alleged plot to derail a commuter train travelling between Toronto and New York. Both have been in custody since.
On Friday, sitting on opposite ends of a glass-backed defendants’ booth in a downtown Toronto courtroom, they appeared to ignore each other entirely. Mr. Esseghaier, a former PhD student in Quebec originally from Tunisia, picked absently at his teeth and beard.
When Justice Michael Code, tried to enter a not guilty plea on his behalf, he raised his hand and interjected. “Don’t say ‘on behalf of me,’” he said, pointing a long finger at the judge. Judge Code agreed to alter his instructions. He still entered the plea, but he worded it differently, and Mr. Esseghaier sat back down.