Apr 25, 2013
By Jane Brown
We are learning more about the Montreal PhD student suspected of plotting a terror attack on a VIA passenger train. A Toronto Star report says Tunisian-born Chiheb Esseghaier allegedly met in person with an Al-Qaida operative before coming to Canada in 2008, putting him on the radar of security officials here. The story goes on to say that Esseghaier has been under surveillance for a year, and police became increasingly concerned after what was seen as erratic conduct aboard an airliner en route to Mexico last spring. But the report says it was a recent change in behaviour that triggered police to arrest him at a McDonald’s in Montreal’s Central Station on Monday. His co-accused Raed Jaser was also arrested Monday at his North York workplace. Both Jaser and Esseghaier will remain in custody until their next court appearances on May 23rd.
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