Guilty Verdicts in Terrorism Trial
Toronto – March 20, 2015 – In Ontario Superior Court today, a jury found Chiheb Esseghaier, 32, and Raed Jaser, 37, guilty of terrorism charges, including conspiring to murder persons unknown for the benefit of a terrorist group, contrary to s. 83.2 of the Criminal Code. This offence carries a maximum penalty of life imprisonment.
Chiheb Esseghaier was also found guilty of conspiring to interfere with transportation facilities for the benefit of a terrorist group. This offence carries a maximum penalty of life imprisonment. He was found guilty of three counts of participating in the activities of a terrorist group, contrary to s. 83.18(1). Raed Jaser was found guilty of two counts under this section. These offences carry a maximum penalty of 10 years imprisonment. Sentencing will occur at a later date.
The Public Prosecution Service of Canada is responsible for prosecuting offences under federal jurisdiction in a manner that is free of any improper influence and that respects the public interest. The PPSC is also responsible for providing prosecution-related advice to law enforcement agencies across Canada.
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