What the jury never heard in Via terror trial

On the day, six weeks ago, that nearly 300 men and women obeyed their summons to potentially serve in a much-anticipated terrorism trial, they found a defendant who proceeded to press his forehead to the floor and pray.

One of the prospective jurors snapped: “We are in Canada. Please sit down.”

Which was one way to get punted as an acceptable citizen for the panel that Wednesday began its deliberations in the trial of Chiheb Esseghaier and Raed Jaser.

In all the days since, the jury that was eventually selected has never again seen Esseghaier prostrate in prayer. That was primarily because Justice Michael Code took pains to ensure the two accused would have the time and space elsewhere to make salah — the second pillar of Islam that requires ritual praying five times daily: dawn, noon, mid-afternoon, sunset and evening.

Esseghaier had complained, back on Jan. 23, that he hadn’t been given sufficient time to pray over the lunch break…

…But Islamist extremism was very much intrinsic to the multiple terrorism-related offences that sprang from an alleged plot to derail a VIA passenger train. It dripped from every discussion surreptitiously taped by an undercover FBI agent who spent 12 days on the witness stand. It infused the content of every wiretapped phone conversation. It spewed out from just about every recorded face-to-face exchange.

It was their manifesto and dogma: Justification for murder and mayhem, as the jury heard day after day, in retaliation for crimes by the West against Muslims, most specifically for the deployment of Canadian troops to Afghanistan.

Yet there was much the jury never heard, never saw. Those matters can only be reported now…


Poor baby. Might have missed praying to his war god.

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  • Gary

    Someone tell Justin that Chretien got us into Afghanistan which seems to have been a partial motive , not poverty.

    • winniec

      Retribution.

  • Martin B

    I hope they get to spend the rest of their lives banging their heads on the floor of their cells.

    • Gettingby

      Allah seems to be leaning that way.

  • And this has nothing to do with Islam?

    • Frau Katze

      Nothing whatsoever.

  • winniec

    ‘Retalitation’ and ‘revenge’ and ‘retribution’ are big in Sharia law. Right, Justin?
    How many jihadists in Canada are ‘too many’? 200 – 400 as we have now? 100? 3,000? Or ZERO?

  • Fran800

    Esseghaier carried on abominably when the jury was not in the room according to the CTV News. As soon as the jury came in, he settled down and almost went to sleep. So the jury only saw him as quiet and reasonable.
    I have a horrible feeling they might let him off. They were shielded from his true nature by the judge, so the jury could get a very wrong impression of the little creep.

  • mobuyus

    The slime bag that couldn’t get a decent nights sleep because he was provided with a blanket and two sheets, making some unholy trinity, should be made to sleep on a cold steel prison bed, or the concrete floor for the rest of it’s miserable existence.

    • Raymond Hietapakka

      No Holy Trinity of Knife, Fork, and Spoon in The Bucket…only Spoon.

  • cmh

    Being a Canadian I am shocked to hear that the jurors got to hear any evidence at all!

  • Watch as this ends in a mistrial. I’m sure there is an Islamist T not crossed somewhere.

  • occupant 9

    My wish is that we’d not let him prey/pray at all; he’s a f*ck-up jihadist who plans on murdering the free; he cannot be rewarded with rights of any kind since he aims to destroy free rights of all kinds.

    The more he complains … sorry, I wasn’t listening.

  • CaligulaJones

    Love the part when the defense lawyer wouldn’t allow the undercover cop to testify with a “light disguise”, as he wanted the well-developed right to be able to take in the witnesses every tic and mannerism.

    Hold it: aren’t the same people arguing that its ok to testify with a full face covering for religious reasons?