A 71-year-old Montreal man at the heart of an incident that grounded flights at Trudeau International Airport over the weekend will remain behind bars for another week while his new lawyer gets up to speed on his criminal case.
Antony Piazza was scheduled to have a bail hearing today but it had to be put off until next week because his original lawyer withdrew from the case.
Piazza's new lawyer was not in court today but a colleague filled in, saying they agreed to waive their client's right to a bail hearing within the next three days.
Piazza is charged with possession of explosives, endangering an aircraft, and mischief.
He was arrested Sunday after his carry-on bag was discovered to allegedly have contained bomb-making components. The discovery prompted the delay of several flights at the airport and the partial evacuation of the Lasalle neighbourhood where Piazza lives.
His original lawyer said police were claiming to have found bullets, powder, wires and cigarette lighters. He also said Piazza claimed the bag wasn't his and he was holding it for someone as he was boarding a plane bound for Los Angeles.
Crown prosecutor Alexandre Gauthier said he'd be presenting two witnesses to argue against Piazza's release. He also asked for a publication ban, which the judge agreed to, saying they were dealing with "sensitive matters."
"The investigation is still ongoing so that's why I'm saying it's a sensitive matter," Gauthier told reporters.
Piazza, wearing a black blazer, black jacket and handcuffs, appeared anxious and could be heard whispering to his lawyer a few times about newspapers and tv, possibly referring to all the recent media coverage.
Another lawyer was seen inquiring about Piazza's case before the case was finally put off with the new lawyer named in court. A court constable told the judge that five people were asking to see Piazza in the holding cell downstairs, mentioning journalists.