Man found guilty in Via Rail plot motivated by drug addiction, court hears

A doctor who conducted a psychiatric assessment on a man found guilty of terrorism charges in a plot to derail a passenger train says Raed Jaser was motivated by a severe drug addiction.

TORONTO — A doctor who conducted a psychiatric assessment on a man found guilty of terrorism charges in a plot to derail a passenger train says Raed Jaser was motivated by a severe drug addiction.

Dr. Jess Ghannam is telling a Toronto court Jaser did not have any consistent radical Islamic ideology but conned people because he was desperate to stay high.

He also says Jaser is a good candidate for rehabilitation.

Ghannam specializes in terrorism cases and conducted interviews with Jaser’s parents, brother, wife and sister-in-law as part of his assessment. His testimony is being heard at a sentencing hearing for Jaser.

Jaser and his co-accused, Chiheb Esseghaier, were found guilty in March of a terror-related conspiracy to commit murder, which carries a sentence of up to life in prison.

The jury also found the men guilty of a total of six other terror-related.

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