Convicted Via Rail plotter to appeal terror conviction at Ontario's top court
Chiheb Esseghaier says he should have been judged by rules of the Qur'an
A man found guilty of plotting to derail a passenger train between Canada and the U.S. plans to appeal his conviction at Ontario's highest court.
Chiheb Esseghaier, a deeply religious Muslim, argues he ought to have been judged by the rules of the Qur'an.
The Tunisian national has filed an inmate notice of appeal with the Ontario Court of Appeal in which he sets out the primary reason his conviction should be quashed.
The notice of appeal says the trial judge erred in refusing to allow the trial to be conducted pursuant to the holy Qur'an instead of the Criminal Code.
Esseghaier and his co-accused, Raed Jaser, were found guilty last March on a total of eight terror-related charges between them. The two had been arrested in 2013.
They were sentenced to life in prison in late September, with no chance of parole until 2023. Jaser is also appealing his conviction.