Lawyer says client in Canada train terror plot was running a con

March 5, 2015 6:46 PM

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TORONTO (Reuters) - One of the men accused of plotting to derail a passenger train between Toronto and New York was a con man who pretended to be an Islamic extremist for his own financial gain, his defense lawyer told a court on Thursday.

Raed Jaser, a permanent resident in Canada of Palestinian descent, and Tunisian Chiheb Esseghaier were arrested in April 2013 and police at the time said the plot was backed by al Qaeda.

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