Ac­cused in Con­cor­dia bomb threat seeks changes to bail con­di­tions

Montreal Gazette - - CITY - PAUL CHERRY

Hisham Saadi, the man charged with mak­ing bomb threats that caused Con­cor­dia Univer­sity to evac­u­ate three of its build­ings ear­lier this year, is seek­ing to have his bail con­di­tions changed while his case is pend­ing.

The 48-year-old Mon­treal res­i­dent made a brief ap­pear­ance at the Mon­treal court­house be­fore Quebec court Judge Nathalie Fa­fard on Thurs­day, where a de­fence lawyer men­tioned he wants to have his re­lease con­di­tions al­tered but was un­able to reach an agree­ment with the Crown this week. Part of the prob­lem, the at­tor­ney said, was that Saadi’s lawyer, Caro­line Braun, was not avail­able to act on his be­half this week.

On March 1, Con­cor­dia was forced to evac­u­ate three of its build­ings, in­clud­ing the Hall Build­ing on de Maison­neuve Boule­vard, af­ter sev­eral me­dia out­lets re­ceived a let­ter threat­en­ing that ex­plo­sives would be det­o­nated at two of the school’s down­town build­ings.

Saadi must re­spect sev­eral con­di­tions, in­clud­ing not com­mu­ni­cat­ing with or be­ing within 100 me­tres of any uni­ver­si­ties and not us­ing the in­ter­net un­less he’s su­per­vised. Saadi agreed to hand over his pass­port to au­thor­i­ties and fol­low a strict cur­few. Two peo­ple agreed to put up a com­bined $10,000 de­posit.

Saadi faces three charges, in­clud­ing one that al­leges he com­mit­ted acts likely to cause fear that ter­ror­ist acts were about to be com­mit­ted. An­other charge al­leges he threat­ened to kill or cause harm to peo­ple at Con­cor­dia. The third charge al­leges Saadi com­mit­ted mis­chief.

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