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Raed Jaser, one of two men accused in alleged Via Rail plot, denied bail

Raed Jaser appears in court in Toronto on Tuesday, April 23, 2013 in this artist's sketch.
Raed Jaser appears in court in Toronto on Tuesday, April 23, 2013 in this artist's sketch. THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Mantha

TORONTO – One of two men accused of plotting to attack a Via Rail train has been denied bail.

The family of Raed Jaser was in attendance throughout his three-day bail hearing, which had been postponed from October due to a surety being out of the country.

Jaser, 35, faces four terror-related charges.

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He and his co-accused Chiheb Esseghaier, 31, were arrested in April and accused of plotting to attack a train that runs between Toronto and New York City.

Police stressed at the time of the arrests that there was no imminent threat to the public.

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A joint judicial pre-trial for both has been set for Dec. 9.

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Esseghaier is looking for a lawyer who will follow the Qu’ran instead of the Criminal Code but the prosecutor has said the chances of that happening are slim.

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