Jury selection starts in terror trial of young Montreal couple

Jury selection starts in terror trial of young Montreal couple
Jury selection starts in terror trial of young Montreal couple

Superior Court Justice Marc David told 150 potential jurors to expect the trial, of Sabrine Djermane and El Mahdi Jamali, to last 10 weeks. 

Published on: September 12, 2017 | Last Updated: September 12, 2017 10:45 AM EDT

An unidentified couple leave the Montreal Courthouse by the emergency staircase after the bail hearing for for Sabrine Djermane, 19, and El Mahdi Jamali, 18, in Montreal in 2015. Allen McInnis / Montreal Gazette

Jury selection has begun at the Montreal courthouse in the trial of a young couple who face terror-related charges, including an accusation they planned to leave Canada to commit terrorist act.

Early Tuesday morning, Superior Court Justice Marc David, the judge who will preside over the case, told the pool of roughly 150 potential jurors to expect the trial, of  Sabrine Djermane and El Mahdi Jamali, to last 10 weeks. 

He also said they will hear from at least 31 witnesses. 

David and the lawyers involved are expected to begin the process of thinning down the pool of 150 potential jurors throughout the day Tuesday. 

Djermane and Jamali were arrested in 2015. They were 20 years old at the time.

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