Saturday, June 08, 2013

Canadian Terrorist Defendant Insists On Lawyer That Will Help Him Be Judged By the Qur'an

Today's Toronto Star reports on the difficulties faced by a Canadian justice of the peace in attempting to find a lawyer to defend accused terrorist Chiheb Esseghaier.  The defendant, a Tunisian national, is accused of taking part in a plot to derail a Toronto-bound passenger train.  Esseghaier insists that he will only accept a lawyer who will help him be judged by the Qur'an, rather than by the Canadian Criminal Code which he considers "a book written by humans." Recently a legal aid lawyer refused to take the case because of this demand.