Published on: April 20, 2017 | Last Updated: April 20, 2017 4:49 PM EDT
Hisham Saadi is charged with making bomb threats that forced evacuations at Concordia University. Montreal police / THE CANADIAN PRESS
Hisham Saadi, the man charged with making bomb threats that forced Concordia University to evacuate three of its buildings last month, will reside at a centre that specializes in psychological counselling after having undergone a psychiatric evaluation.
The 47-year-old appeared before Quebec Court Judge Nathalie Fafard on Thursday to have his release conditions modified. Following a bail hearing held early in March, Saadi was required to reside at a hospital in Montreal while undergoing an evaluation to determine his mental state at the time he allegedly emailed threats that prompted the university to evacuate three buildings, sending thousands of students, faculty and other staff into the streets on March 1. No bombs were found in the building and a search of Saadi’s residence turned up no explosive materials.
Saadi’s lawyer, Caroline Braun, informed Fafard that the evaluation determined he could be found criminally responsible of his actions if he were eventually convicted in a trial. However, the mental health expert who conducted the evaluation recommended that Saadi spend the next few weeks at a centre for “psychological support.”
Braun requested that the address of the centre be kept confidential and that Saadi not be required to enter its location into the court record. It was an unusual request to be made in Quebec Court but prosecutor Alexandre Gautier agreed with the request after some hesitation. He was reassured that Saadi’s whereabouts could be traced through the hospital he resided at over the past few weeks.
Braun also asked that one of Shaadi’s conditions be slightly modified so he can visit his lawyer’s offices when needed. The attorney’s offices are located 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.
Braun also requested that Shaadi have another court date soon because he is not expected to reside at the centre for a long period of time. The accused appeared upbeat while waiting for his case to come up on Thursday. His physical appearance was dramatically different from the dishevelled man who appeared in court shortly after he was arrested early in March.
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 at Concordia University and mischief for having caused the university to be evacuated by police.
The case returns to court early in May.
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