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No new trial for 2 men convicted in Via Rail terror case: Supreme Court

The Supreme Court of Canada says there should be no new trial for two men convicted of terrorism offences.

Raed Jaser, Chiheb Esseghaier were found guilty in 2015 over plot to derail passenger train

The Supreme Court of Canada has ruled that there should be no new trial for Raed Jaser, left, and Chiheb Esseghaier, right. Both men were found guilty on terror-related charges in connection with a plot to derail a passenger train. (John Mantha/Chris Young/The Canadian Press)

The Supreme Court of Canada says there should be no new trial for two men convicted of terrorism offences.

Raed Jaser and Chiheb Esseghaier were found guilty in 2015 of terror-related charges arising mainly from an alleged al-Qaeda-inspired plot to derail a passenger train travelling between the United States and Canada.

Both men appealed their convictions, with counsel for Jaser and a court-appointed lawyer for Esseghaier arguing the jury at the trial was improperly constituted.

In August last year, the Ontario Court of Appeal ordered a fresh trial for the men on grounds the jury was indeed chosen incorrectly.

In a hearing today, the Crown argued the convictions should not be overturned on the basis of a highly technical error in the jury-selection process that did not cause any harm to fair trial rights.

In a ruling from the bench, the Supreme Court essentially agreed and allowed the federal appeal, saying written reasons would follow.

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