A former contestant on talent show Canadian Idol has been acquitted of terrorism charges.

Khurram Syed Sher, who appeared on the show in 2008, was accused of conspiring to facilitate terrorism, but an Ontario judge ruled there was insufficient evidence that the trained doctor intended to raise money to fund a plot to destroy property in Canada.

On Tuesday (19Aug14) Superior Court Justice Charles Hackland said that while Sher probably harboured jihadist sympathies, he was not convinced the former reality Tv star genuinely intended to harm anyone.

The acquittal was historic because it marks the first time someone on trial on charges under Canada's Anti-Terrorism Act was found not guilty.

Sher, 32, who was free on bail throughout his trial told reporters outside court, "It feels great."

His lawyer added, "His career has been ended, he's lost over a million dollars in income, prestige in the community, and it's been a very, very tough four years... It's been tragic."