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Security officials check a man at a courthouse in Montreal on Tuesday, April 23, 2013. Reed Jaser, one of two men accused of plotting a terrorist attack against a Canadian passenger train with support from al-Qaida elements in Iran, made a brief court appearance Tuesday but did not enter a plea. Canadian investigators say Jaser, 35, and his suspected accomplice Chiheb Esseghaier, 30, received “directions and guidance” from members of al-Qaida. The case prompted an immediate response from Iran, which denie

Canada Terror Suspect Says Charges Are Unfair

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.

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