Lawyers square off over Muslim terrorist case evidence as Peshdary awaits bail hearing

OTTAWA – Lawyers on opposing sides of a high-profile terrorism case are sparring over the disclosure of evidence.

Crown prosecutor Rod Sonley told an Ontario court Thursday it will take “many, many months” to release all of the evidence in the Awso Peshdary file to the defence.

Peshdary faces four charges, including participation in the activities of a terrorist group. He plans to plead not guilty.

Two other Ottawa men — accused of joining extremists overseas — were also charged with terror-related offences, even though their whereabouts are unknown and one may have already been killed in combat.

Wearing orange coveralls, Peshdary, 25, made a brief video appearance during the proceedings Thursday but no date for a bail hearing was set.