Ac­cused in Con­cor­dia bomb threats moved

Montreal Gazette - - CITY - PAUL CHERRY

Hisham Saadi, the man charged with making bomb threats that forced Con­cor­dia Univer­sity to evac­u­ate three build­ings last month, will re­side at a cen­tre that spe­cial­izes in psy­cho­log­i­cal coun­selling af­ter hav­ing an eval­u­a­tion.

The 47-year-old ap­peared be­fore Que­bec Court Judge Nathalie Fa­fard Thurs­day to have his re­lease con­di­tions mod­i­fied. Saadi was re­quired to re­side at a Mon­treal hospi­tal while be­ing eval­u­ated to de­ter­mine his men­tal state at the time he al­legedly emailed threats to the school. No bombs were found and a search of Saadi’s res­i­dence turned up no ex­plo­sive ma­te­ri­als.

Saadi’s lawyer, Caro­line Braun, in­formed Fa­fard the eval­u­a­tion de­ter­mined he could be found crim­i­nally re­spon­si­ble for his ac­tions if he were con­victed. How­ever, the men­tal health ex­pert who con­ducted the eval­u­a­tion rec­om­mended Saadi spend the next few weeks at a cen­tre for “psy­cho­log­i­cal sup­port.”

Braun re­quested the ad­dress of the cen­tre be kept con­fi­den­tial and Saadi not be re­quired to en­ter its lo­ca­tion into the court record. Af- ter some hes­i­ta­tion, prose­cu­tor Alexan­dre Gau­tier agreed to it. He was re­as­sured Saadi’s where­abouts could be traced through the hospi­tal he resided at.

Braun also asked one of Saadi’s con­di­tions be slightly mod­i­fied so he can visit his lawyer’s of­fices. The at­tor­ney’s of­fices are close to Con­cor­dia’s down­town cam­pus, and one of the con­di­tions Saadi agreed to is that he not be within 100 me­tres of the univer­sity’s build­ings while his case is pend­ing.

Saadi is charged with com­mit­ting acts that were sus­cep­ti­ble to caus­ing fear that ter­ror­ist acts were about to be com­mit­ted. He is also charged with ut­ter­ing threats to­ward peo­ple and mis­chief.

The case re­sumes in early in May.

Hisham Saadi

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