MONTREAL (AP) - A man accused of plotting to derail a train in Canada with support from al-Qaida elements says the allegations against him are unfair.
Chiheb Esseghaier, 30, is choosing not to be represented by a court-appointed lawyer Tuesday, and made a brief statement. He said the prosecution based its conclusions on mere appearances.
A bearded Esseghaier stood in handcuffs throughout the hearing, wearing a jacket over a button-down shirt.
Prosecutor Richard Roy said Esseghaier will be flown back to Toronto to face the charges.
His suspected accomplice, Raed Jaser, 35, also made a brief appearance in a Toronto court earlier Tuesday. Charges against the two men include conspiring to carry out an attack and murder people in association with a terrorist group.
Jaser sported a long beard, wore a black shirt with no tie and was accompanied by his parents and brother on Tuesday. He was given a new court date for May 23 and did not enter a plea.
The court also granted a request by his lawyer, John Norris, for a publication ban on future evidence and testimony.