Arrests in Canada terrorist plot

Two men were arrested and charged with plotting a terrorist attack against  Canadian passenger Via Rail train with support from al-Qaida "elements" in Iran, police said April 22.

Chiheb Esseghaier, one of two men accused of plotting a terror attack on rail target, is led off a plane by an Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) officer at Buttonville Airport just north of Toronto on Tuesday April 23, 2013. Canadian investigators say Raed Jaser, 35, and his suspected accomplice Esseghaier, 30, received "directions and guidance" from members of al-Qaida in Iran. In a brief court appearance in Montreal Tuesday, Esseghaier declined to be represented by a court-appointed lawyer. He made a brief statement in French in which he called the allegations against him unfair. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Chris Young)
Chiheb Esseghaier, one of two men accused of plotting a terror attack on rail target, is led off a plane by an Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) officer at Buttonville Airport just north of Toronto on Tuesday April 23, 2013. Canadian investigators say Raed Jaser, 35, and his suspected accomplice Esseghaier, 30, received "directions and guidance" from members of al-Qaida in Iran. In a brief court appearance in Montreal Tuesday, Esseghaier declined to be represented by a court-appointed lawyer. He made a brief statement in French in which he called the allegations against him unfair. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Chris Young)
Chiheb Esseghaier, one of two men accused of plotting a terror attack on rail target, is led off a plane by an Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) officer at Buttonville Airport just north of Toronto on Tuesday April 23, 2013. Canadian investigators say Raed Jaser, 35, and his suspected accomplice Esseghaier, 30, received "directions and guidance" from members of al-Qaida in Iran. In a brief court appearance in Montreal Tuesday, Esseghaier declined to be represented by a court-appointed lawyer. He made a brief statement in French in which he called the allegations against him unfair. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Chris Young)
Chiheb Esseghaier, one of two suspects accused of plotting with al-Qaida in Iran to derail a train in Canada, arrives at Buttonville Airport just north of Toronto, on Tuesday, April 23, 2013. Canadian investigators say Raed Jaser, 35, and his suspected accomplice Esseghaier, 30, received "directions and guidance" from members of al-Qaida in Iran. In a brief court appearance in Montreal Tuesday, Esseghaier declined to be represented by a court-appointed lawyer. He made a brief statement in French in which he called the allegations against him unfair. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Chris Young)
Chiheb Esseghaier, one of two suspects accused of plotting with al-Qaida in Iran to derail a train in Canada, arrives at Buttonville Airport just north of Toronto, on Tuesday, April 23, 2013. Canadian investigators say Raed Jaser, 35, and his suspected accomplice Esseghaier, 30, received "directions and guidance" from members of al-Qaida in Iran. In a brief court appearance in Montreal Tuesday, Esseghaier declined to be represented by a court-appointed lawyer. He made a brief statement in French in which he called the allegations against him unfair. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Chris Young)
Chiheb Esseghaier, one of two suspects accused of plotting with al-Qaida in Iran to derail a train in Canada, arrives at Buttonville Airport just north of Toronto, on Tuesday, April 23, 2013. Canadian investigators say Raed Jaser, 35, and his suspected accomplice Esseghaier, 30, received "directions and guidance" from members of al-Qaida in Iran. In a brief court appearance in Montreal Tuesday, Esseghaier declined to be represented by a court-appointed lawyer. He made a brief statement in French in which he called the allegations against him unfair. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Chris Young)
Family members of Raed Jaser, including father Mohammed Jaser, center, leave court in Toronto on Tuesday, April 23, 2013. Raed Jaser, accused with another of plotting to derail a train in Canada with support from al-Qaida elements in Iran, made a brief court appearance and was told to appear in court again next month. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Frank Gunn)
Family members of Raed Jaser, including father Mohammed Jaser, center, leave court in Toronto on Tuesday, April 23, 2013. Raed Jaser, accused with another of plotting to derail a train in Canada with support from al-Qaida elements in Iran, made a brief court appearance and was told to appear in court again next month. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Frank Gunn)
Family members of Raed Jaser, including father Mohammed Jaser, center, leave court in Toronto on Tuesday, April 23, 2013. Raed Jaser, accused with another of plotting to derail a train in Canada with support from al-Qaida elements in Iran, made a brief court appearance and was told to appear in court again next month. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Frank Gunn)
Mohammed Jaser, father of Raed Jaser, leaves court in Toronto on Tuesday, April 23, 2013. Raed Jaser is accused with another man of plotting to derail a train in Canada with support from al-Qaida elements in Iran. Raed Jaser had a brief court appearance and was told to appear in court again next month. (AP Photo/ THE CANADIAN PRESS,Frank Gunn)
Mohammed Jaser, father of Raed Jaser, leaves court in Toronto on Tuesday, April 23, 2013. Raed Jaser is accused with another man of plotting to derail a train in Canada with support from al-Qaida elements in Iran. Raed Jaser had a brief court appearance and was told to appear in court again next month. (AP Photo/ THE CANADIAN PRESS,Frank Gunn)
Mohammed Jaser, father of Raed Jaser, leaves court in Toronto on Tuesday, April 23, 2013. Raed Jaser is accused with another man of plotting to derail a train in Canada with support from al-Qaida elements in Iran. Raed Jaser had a brief court appearance and was told to appear in court again next month. (AP Photo/ THE CANADIAN PRESS,Frank Gunn)
In this courtroom sketch, Raed Jaser appears in court in Toronto on Tuesday, April 23, 2013. Jaser, 35, and Chehib Esseghaier, 30, were arrested and charged Monday in what the RCMP said was the first known al-Qaida terror plot in Canada. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, John Mantha)
In this courtroom sketch, Raed Jaser appears in court in Toronto on Tuesday, April 23, 2013. Jaser, 35, and Chehib Esseghaier, 30, were arrested and charged Monday in what the RCMP said was the first known al-Qaida terror plot in Canada. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, John Mantha)
In this courtroom sketch, Raed Jaser appears in court in Toronto on Tuesday, April 23, 2013. Jaser, 35, and Chehib Esseghaier, 30, were arrested and charged Monday in what the RCMP said was the first known al-Qaida terror plot in Canada. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, John Mantha)
John Norris, the lawyer for Raed Jaser, one of the two men accused of plotting a terror attack on a Canadian rail target, leaves court in Toronto on Tuesday, April 23, 2013. Jaser, 35, was charged in Toronto Tuesday in an alleged al-Qaida supported terror plot to attack a Via passenger train. His suspected accomplice Chiheb Esseghaier, 30, was charged in Montreal. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Chris Young)
John Norris, the lawyer for Raed Jaser, one of the two men accused of plotting a terror attack on a Canadian rail target, leaves court in Toronto on Tuesday, April 23, 2013. Jaser, 35, was charged in Toronto Tuesday in an alleged al-Qaida supported terror plot to attack a Via passenger train. His suspected accomplice Chiheb Esseghaier, 30, was charged in Montreal. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Chris Young)
John Norris, the lawyer for Raed Jaser, one of the two men accused of plotting a terror attack on a Canadian rail target, leaves court in Toronto on Tuesday, April 23, 2013. Jaser, 35, was charged in Toronto Tuesday in an alleged al-Qaida supported terror plot to attack a Via passenger train. His suspected accomplice Chiheb Esseghaier, 30, was charged in Montreal. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Chris Young)
A man walks his dog past a mosque where Chiheb Esseghaier, one of the two accused in an alleged plot to bomb a Via passenger train, used to attend Tuesday, April 23, 2013 in Montreal. Canadian investigators say Raed Jaser, 35, and his suspected accomplice Chiheb Esseghaier, 30, received "directions and guidance" from members of al-Qaida in Iran. Iran said it had nothing to do with the plot, and groups such as al-Qaida do not share Iran's ideology. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Ryan Remiorz)
A man walks his dog past a mosque where Chiheb Esseghaier, one of the two accused in an alleged plot to bomb a Via passenger train, used to attend Tuesday, April 23, 2013 in Montreal. Canadian investigators say Raed Jaser, 35, and his suspected accomplice Chiheb Esseghaier, 30, received "directions and guidance" from members of al-Qaida in Iran. Iran said it had nothing to do with the plot, and groups such as al-Qaida do not share Iran's ideology. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Ryan Remiorz)
A man walks his dog past a mosque where Chiheb Esseghaier, one of the two accused in an alleged plot to bomb a Via passenger train, used to attend Tuesday, April 23, 2013 in Montreal. Canadian investigators say Raed Jaser, 35, and his suspected accomplice Chiheb Esseghaier, 30, received "directions and guidance" from members of al-Qaida in Iran. Iran said it had nothing to do with the plot, and groups such as al-Qaida do not share Iran's ideology. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Ryan Remiorz)

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