Calgary Herald

Edmonton terror suspect in court


EDMONTON • An Edmonton constructi­on worker accused of conspiring to kill U.S. soldiers in Iraq made a brief court appearance Thursday, and his lawyer publicly questioned the evidence against him.

Defence lawyer Bob Aloneissi says there has been “a lot of chatter, not a lot of substance” to the charges facing his client, Sayfildin Tahir-Sharif — who U.S. authoritie­s allege is also known as Faruq Khalil Muhammad Isa.

The lawyer said he is awaiting further disclosure about the case from the Crown, but as of yet hasn’t seen anything to substantia­te the charges his client is facing.

The 38-year-old accused saw his case adjourned until Feb. 2 for a bail hearing.

Arrested in Edmonton on Jan. 19, Tahir-Sharif is accused of conspiracy to murder U.S. nationals and of providing material support to terrorists, including suicide bombers who killed U.S. soldiers in Iraq. The U.S. government is seeking to have him extradited to the United States.

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