TORONTO — A man charged in an alleged al-Qaida-directed plot to attack a Via Rail passenger train suggested in court Wednesday that he doesn’t recognize the authority of the Criminal Code because it is “not a holy book.”
Chiheb Esseghaier, 30, of Montreal, asked to address the Toronto courtroom after the five terrorism charges against him were read out.
They are based on the Criminal Code and “we know that this Criminal Code is not a holy book,” Esseghaier said.
“It’s just written by set of creations and the creations they’re not perfect because only the creator is perfect.”
As a result, he said, the “conclusions taken out from these judgments” are unreliable.
The justice of the peace presiding over the case, who had warned him to be careful what he said, ordered Esseghaier detained until his next appearance May 23 via video from a detention centre.
(The video at the Gazette is fairly poor. I took the best moment I could for the pic above from it)