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Alleged Canadian terror plotter calls charges unfounded

At hearing, says allegations mere appearances

TORONTO — A suspect accused of plotting with Al Qaeda to derail a train in Canada said Tuesday that authorities were basing their conclusions on mere appearances, in a case that prompted Iran to immediately distance itself from allegations that the terror network was operating in the country.

Canadian investigators say Raed Jaser, 35, and his suspected accomplice Chiheb Esseghaier, 30, received ‘‘directions and guidance’’ from members of Al Qaeda in Iran. Iran denied any involvement and said groups such as Al Qaeda do not share Iran’s ideology.

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