Antony Piazza's bail hearing delayed to next week

A Montreal man charged with trying to board an airplane with a suitcase containing explosive material will have a bail hearing next week.

Prosecution requests a delay until Nov. 12 for Trudeau airport explosives case

Police say Antony Piazza, 71, was carrying a bag that contained components for making an explosive device. (CBC)

 A Montreal man charged with trying to board an airplane with a suitcase containing explosive material will have a bail hearing next week.

At a court appearance today, the prosecution requested a delay until Nov. 12 and Antony Piazza's defense lawyer agreed to it.

Piazza is facing three charges in the wake of his arrest at Montreal's Trudeau airport last month, causing lengthy flight delays and eventually leading police to block off the area around his house.

Police have said the luggage contained everything needed to make a bomb, minus the actual explosives.

A few details were made public by the lawyer who initially represented Piazza following his arrest.

That lawyer said Piazza, a Canadian citizen, was born in Iran and that his original name was actually Houshang Nazemi. He was convicted of heroin-trafficking in Quebec under his original name in the mid-1980s.

While police and the Crown have remained mum on what exactly was found in Piazza's possession, the initial lawyer mentioned some items in the police report, including bullets, powder, wires and lighters.

The lawyer also said the police report indicated Piazza was transporting the carry-on luggage on behalf of another party.

Piazza has since changed lawyers.

He was trying to board a flight for the United States when the material was detected.

His bail hearing is likely to be covered by a publication ban.

Lawyers told the judge on Wednesday that as many as five witnesses could be heard during the course of that day-long hearing.

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