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Via Rail terror plot trial enters third day Wednesday in Toronto


TORONTO — The trial of two men accused of planning a terror attack on a passenger train travelling between Canada and the U.S. enters its third day today in Toronto.

Not guilty pleas have been entered for Raed Jaser and Chiheb Esseghaier on multiple terrorism-related charges.

Court heard on Tuesday it was hoped the attack on a train travelling from New York to Toronto would kill scores of people and pave the way for more acts of terrorism.

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That’s how it was characterized by Esseghaier in an audio recording of a conversation he had with an undercover FBI officer. Esseghaier is heard saying the attack targeted a train between the U.S. and Toronto to ensure both Americans and Canadians were victims.

The undercover officer said he learned of the plot while driving from Montreal to Toronto with Esseghaier to meet Jaser.

Esseghaier is heard imploring the officer to keep the plan a secret.

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