Doctor and former 'Idol' contestant pleads not guilty to terror charge

Dr. Khurram Syed Sher walks outside the Ottawa courthouse, where is he facing trial on...

Dr. Khurram Syed Sher walks outside the Ottawa courthouse, where is he facing trial on terror-related charges. (DARREN BROWN/QMI AGENCY)

Tony Spears, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 6:41 PM ET

OTTAWA -- Nearly four years after Mounties scooped up a handful of alleged homegrown terrorists, a London, Ont., doctor and former Canadian Idol contestant pleaded not guilty to a terrorism charge Monday.

"Not guilty," Khurram Syed Sher, 31, told court after the indictment was read.

He's charged with a single count of conspiring to facilitate terrorist activity sometime between February and August 2010.

Sher is one of four men arrested in the terror probe dubbed Project Samossa.

At an August 2010 press conference, Mounties spoke of a terror cell just months away from carrying out attacks on unspecified targets in Canada, and boasted they'd seized circuit boards that could be used to trigger homemade bombs.

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