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Trial continues today for 2 men charged in alleged Via Rail terror plot

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TORONTO — Testimony will continue today at the trial of two men who face multiple terror-related charges in an alleged plot to derail a train travelling from New York to Toronto.

Not-guilty pleas have been entered for both Raed Jaser and Chiheb Esseghaier.

In recordings play at their Toronto trial Thursday, the accused are heard declaring that Canada’s military action in Muslim lands justifies the butchering of civilians.

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The recordings were made by an undercover FBI officer who posed as a wealthy U.S. businessman with radical views who befriended the suspects.

In one recording, Jaser is heard saying if it’s in the right hands, “Islam is a very powerful weapon” that can “bulldoze the whole world.”

Several months before their arrest, in September 2012, the undercover officer travelled to Toronto with Esseghaier and was introduced to Jaser.

Court heard the suspects revealed the full extent of their alleged plot to the officer, as well as a “long-term” plan to use a sniper to attack leaders in Canadian society.

Later, on a trip back to Montreal, court heard the agent ask Esseghaier how they could justify the deaths of innocent women and children who would die in the train plot.

Esseghaier is heard explaining that since foreign soldiers were killing women and children in their country, the carnage would be justified.

“It was chilling,” the officer testified about Esseghaier’s answer.

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