Man charged in VIA derailment plot fled Germany after family ‘terrorized’ by anti-immigrant groups: documents
Adrian Humphreys and Stewart Bell | 13/04/24 | Last Updated: 13/04/24 10:20 PM ET
Illustration Mike Faille // Documents
Accused Raed Jaser // Copies of the identity documents of Jaser’s parents
TORONTO — A Toronto man charged with plotting to derail a VIA Rail train fled to Canada from Germany after his family was “terrorized” by anti-immigrant groups there, according to federal refugee documents.
Before arriving in Canada, Raed Jaser and his family spent two years in Berlin, where a Molotov cocktail was thrown at their home. The incident “terrorized his entire family,” their lawyer argued during their refugee proceedings.
Worried about their children’s future amid Germany’s “racial problems,” the Jasers left for Canada in 1993 using false French passports bought from a Turkish man, they told the Immigration & Refugee Board (IRB). They claimed refugee status when they arrived in Toronto.
Twenty years later, the eldest son, Raed Jaser, 35, is under arrest, accused of plotting to terrorize the Canadians who gave his family a second chance. He was arrested Monday for conspiring with Chiheb Esseghaier to attack a train on the New York-Toronto route.