01/23/2015 04:15 EST | Updated 03/25/2015 05:59 EDT

Not guilty pleas entered in Via Rail terror plot case, trial to begin Feb. 2

TORONTO - Not guilty pleas have been entered in an Ontario court for two men accused of plotting a terrorist attack on a passenger train travelling between Canada and the U.S.

Raed Jaser and Chiheb Esseghaier are both charged in the alleged Via Rail plot and are set to go on trial in Toronto on Feb. 2.

Jaser, a permanent resident of Palestinian descent, faces four charges, including commission of an offence for a terrorist group.

Esseghaier, a Tunisian national who was doing doctoral research on nanosensors in Quebec, is facing five charges, including participating in a terrorist group.

Jury selection in the case is currently underway.