Lawyers meet ahead of trial for ac­cused in Ed­mon­ton truck at­tack

Fort McMurray Today - - LOCAL NEWS - JONNY WAKE­FIELD jwake­[email protected]­

Crown and de­fence lawyers met in an Ed­mon­ton court­room Mon­day to hash out de­tails ahead of a trial for the man ac­cused in a truck at­tack last year.

De­tails of the pre­trial hear­ing for Ab­du­lahi Hasan Sharif are cov­ered by a pub­li­ca­tion ban.

Sharif is charged with a string of of­fences in­clud­ing five counts of at­tempted mur­der in con­nec­tion with an at­tack on a po­lice of­fi­cer out­side a foot­ball game on Sept. 30, 2017.

Po­lice al­lege Sharif then used a U-haul truck to strike pedes­tri­ans in down­town Ed­mon­ton while flee­ing po­lice. No one was killed in the in­ci­dents, which po­lice ini­tially re­ferred to as “acts of ter­ror­ism.”

No ter­ror-re­lated charges have been laid.

The hear­ing, be­fore Court of Queen’s Bench Jus­tice Paul Belzil, lasted about 20 min­utes and dealt with pre-trial is­sues.

Sharif did not ap­pear at Wed­nes­day’s hear­ing. His file will next be be­fore the court on Jan. 3. The trial is sched­uled for next Oc­to­ber.

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