Via Terror Plot Suspect, Esseghaie, Still Remains without a Lawyer

This article was last updated on April 16, 2022

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The alleged terrorist suspected of planning to blow up Via rail passenger train, Chiheb Esseghaier, For a requested the court for the third time that he should be judged by “the holy book,” instead the Criminal Code, which is a demand that has fundamentally delayed the efforts of finding him a lawyer. 30-year-old Esseghaier appeared in Old City Hall via a video link on Monday morning, which was an appearance mainly scheduled to advance his request for a lawyer through Legal Aid. However, Esseghaier still remains without representation since the recently proposed lawyer did not agree to Esseghaier’s demand to “change the reference of (his) judgment” from the Criminal Code to the “holy book.”

In the court proceeding, Esseghaier started saying “excuse me, excuse me, excuse me,” he adamantly stated that “the last lawyer, he write and sign a piece of paper (that said) he cannot change the reference of my judgment.” In his last appearance on May 23, Esseghaier requested the court for a lawyer who would use the “holy book” as a reference, alleging that “I wish that this lawyer will cooperate with me.” He stated that “I need the holy book as a reference for my judgment. I don’t want a book written by humans.”

Esseghaier, arrested on April 22, is now scheduled to appear in court later this month. Charges indicted against him include conspiring “to murder unknown persons for the benefit of, or in association with a terrorist group.”

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