Terror Suspect in Canada: Laws of Mortals Don't Apply

Criminal code is not the 'holy book,' argues Chiheb Esseghaier
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 24, 2013 2:10 PM CDT
Terror Suspect in Canada: Criminal Code Is Worthless
Chiheb Esseghaier, one of two suspects accused of plotting to derail a train in Canada.   (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Frank Gunn)

(Newser) – One of the two men detained in Canada on charges that he planned a terrorist attack on a passenger train tried a novel approach in court today: Chiheb Esseghaier made the case that Canada's criminal code doesn't apply to him because it is not the "holy book," reports the Toronto Star. In what the AP calls a "rambling" statement, the 30-year-old apparently tried to argue that he is not accountable to laws written by mere mortals. Alas, the judge didn't buy it. "Save that for another court," she told him. He got a court date of May 23. (Read more Chiheb Esseghaier stories.)

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