The Crown made the unusual decision on Monday to take the case directly to trial without fully examining star witness and police informant Mubin Sheikh.
On Tuesday night, on CBC Radio's As It Happens, defence lawyer Dennis Edney said the justice process is being manipulated.
"Mr. Sheikh indicated that some of the accused, both at the youth level and at the adult level, were innocent and should not be in the jail system," said Edney.
"We had an opportunity to have Mr. Sheikh … state that under oath in court, so the judge at the end of the day could make a determination whether certain of the accused, if not all of the accused, can go home.… That has been stopped.
"And it can only lead to a reasonable inference that
there's a political motive in doing so."
Edney also said he has asked a Superior Court judge to release files from CSIS to shed light on what happened in the lead up to his client's arrest.