Montreal

Man charged in Concordia terror hoax to have bail hearing Monday

The bail hearing for Hisham Saadi, the man charged in connection with the bomb threats against Muslims that shut down Concordia University Wednesday, has been postponed until Monday.

Hisham Saadi, 47, underwent a psychosocial evaluation Friday

Hisham Saadi, 47, has been charged with carrying out a terror hoax, uttering threats and mischief in connection with a bomb threat that targeted Muslim students at Concordia University on March 1. (SPVM)

The bail hearing for Hisham Saadi, the 47-year-old Montreal man charged in connection with the bomb threats against Muslims that shut down Concordia University Wednesday, has been postponed until Monday.

Saadi was originally supposed to be appear in court Friday afternoon, however, a psychosocial evaluation took up most of the day Friday.

Crown prosecutor Lucie Martineau said she would oppose Saadi's release on bail for public safety reasons.

Threats to detonate small bombs inside two of the university's downtown buildings were emailed to CBC News and other media outlets Wednesday morning, leading to the evacuation of three buildings until 6 p.m.

Early Thursday morning, police raided Saadi's Côte-des-Neiges apartment and arrested the man, who a spokesperson for Concordia University has confirmed is a student there.

Saadi appeared in court Thursday afternoon and was charged with carrying out a hoax regarding terrorist activity, uttering threats and mischief.

Montreal police officers arrest a suspect in Montreal's Côte-des-Neiges neighbourhood early Thursday morning. (Submitted by Joshua Abenson)

Saadi's lawyer, Caroline Braun, said that at this stage, her client must be presumed innocent.

"He's someone who never faced the justice system, so we can only imagine the state he finds himself in," Braun said.

with files from Radio-Canada