Lasalle man charged in connection with airport disturbance
A 71-year-old Iranian-born man with a legally altered name faces three criminal charges in connection with an alleged attempt to bring explosive material onto an airplane.
He was charged today over the incident, which paralyzed Trudeau airport for several hours yesterday and caused Airlie St. in Lasalle — where he lived — to be shut down while a police search went on.
The defence lawyer tells reporters that his client was transporting a bag belonging to someone else.
A bail hearing is scheduled tomorrow for Antony Piazza, who was born in Iran and whose name was originally Houshang Nazemi. It was under that original moniker that he received a 10-year sentence for drug trafficking in the mid-1980s.
He made a brief court appearance today, where the Crown objected to his release.
He faces three charges — being in possession of an explosive substance; conspiracy to transport an explosive substance on an airplane; and endangering the safety of an airport or aircraft.