TribLIVE

| USWorld


 
Larger text Larger text Smaller text Smaller text | Order Photo Reprints

Canadian terrorism suspect grew more radical

Daily Photo Galleries

By The Associated Press
Wednesday, April 24, 2013, 8:42 p.m.
 

TORONTO — One of two men accused of plotting with al-Qaida members in Iran to derail a train in Canada became radicalized to the point that his father reached out to a Muslim support group for help and advice, a local religious leader said on Wednesday.

Muhammad Robert Heft, president of the Paradise Forever Support Group Inc., a nonprofit organization that provides support to Muslims in Canada, said Mohammad Jaser came to him several times citing concerns about the radicalization of his son.

“He came to me about his son saying he how concerned he was getting about the rigidness of his son and his interpretation of Islam. He was becoming self-righteous, becoming pushy, pushing his views on how much they (his family) should be practicing as a Muslim,” Heft said.

Jaser's son, Raed, 35, has been charged along with Chiheb Esseghaier, 30 with conspiring to carry out an attack and murder people in association with a terrorist group in their plot to derail a train that runs between New York City and Montreal.

Canadian investigators say the men received guidance from members of al-Qaida in Iran.

Iranian government officials have said the government had nothing to do with the plot.

 

 
 


Show commenting policy

Most-Read World

  1. 18 accused spies executed by Gaza terrorists
  2. Interpol probes Thailand’s ‘Baby Factory’
  3. Ebola spreads in Nigeria; Liberian treatment centers inundated
  4. Gaza militants kill 18 alleged spies for Israel
  5. Ukraine: Russian aid convoy is a ‘direct invasion’
  6. Dozens killed in shelling of convoy, Ukraine says; U.S. unsure who’s responsible
  7. Chinese cultists on trial in eatery murder
  8. Pentagon expects ISIS will regroup
  9. Afghanistan’s bid for transition tenuous
  10. Israeli airstrikes kill 3 Hamas leaders in Gaza
  11. Papal visit underscores religious divide in Koreas
Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.