Men found guilty in Via Rail terror plot win new trial over improper jury selection


The Ontario appeals court has thrown out the convictions of two men sentenced to life over an alleged al-Qaida-linked plot to attack a Toronto-bound passenger train. In a decision released Tuesday, the court ordered a new trial for Raed Jaser and Chiheb Esseghaier, who were arrested by the RCMP in 2013 and found guilty of terrorism in 2015. The appeals court set aside their convictions in a unanimous ruling that said "a legal error by the trial judge" had deprived Jaser of his preferred method for selecting jurors.

Following the appeal decision in their favor, Jaser and Esseghaier can apply to be released on bail, she said.

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