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5 Mar 2015 06:27 PM EST

Raed Jaser, a permanent resident in Canada of Palestinian descent, and Tunisian Chiheb Esseghaier were arrested in April 2013 and police at the time said the plot was backed by al Qaeda. His lawyer, John Norris, said in the trial's closing arguments, "Mr. Jaser was not sincere in anything he said."He was trying to run cons whenever he could, he was running short cons, he was running long cons," Norris said, citing recorded conversations in which Jaser convinces Esseghaier to withdraw money from his bank account.

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