Antony Piazza's bail hearing delayed until Nov. 6
The Montreal man accused of bringing bomb-making materials onto a plane is waiting for a new lawyer
The bail hearing for Antony Piazza, the Montreal man accused of bringing bomb-making materials onto a plane, has been delayed until Nov. 6.
More than one lawyer for the defendant showed up at the Montreal courthouse today.
The 71-year-old man is facing charges of possession of an explosive device, endangering an aircraft and mischief in connection with a scare at Montreal's Pierre Elliott Trudeau Airport Sunday morning.
Piazza was detained at the airport around 5:45 a.m. ET as he tried to board a flight to Los Angeles.
Police said his carry-on bag contained components for making an explosive device, though it did not contain actual explosive material, police say.
"He had numerous parts of an explosive device, except the explosive itself," said Montreal police Cmdr. Ian Lafrenière.
The Crown is requesting Piazza be remanded into custody in the interest of public safety.
Crown prosecutor Alexandre Gauthier said police found matches, wires, bullets and red powder in Piazza’s bag.
Piazza told police that he is innocent, and that the bag they found was not his, said Louis Morena, who was representing Piazza in court yesterday. However, Morena is no longer representing Piazza as of today.
Born in Tehran, Iran as Houshang Nazemi, Piazza legally changed his name in 1986, seven years after immigrating to Canada.
In 1985, he was sentenced to 10 years in prison for drug trafficking.
He faces another 10 years behind bars if convicted of these latest charges.