Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Jury Selection Complete at Terrorism-Related Trial for Two Young Quebecers

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Jury Selection Complete at Terrorism-Related Trial for Two Young Quebecers

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Jurors selected at terror-related trial

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MONTREAL - Fourteen jurors were selected Tuesday at the terrorism-related trial of two young adults, with particular attention in the vetting process paid to race and religion.

El Mahdi Jamali, 20, and Sabrine Djermane, 21, each face four charges: attempting to leave Canada to commit a terror act abroad; possession of an explosive substance; facilitating a terrorist act; and committing an act under the direction or for the profit of a terrorist organization.

Both pleaded not guilty through their lawyers before six men and eight women were eventually selected as jurors.

Each of the nearly 150 candidates were asked by Quebec Superior Court Justice Marc David whether their impartiality would be affected by the fact the accused are of Arab descent and practise the Muslim faith.

Some told the court they could not guarantee their impartiality. …

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