The acknowledgement of Concordia sent to Philippe-Pinel

News 9 February, 2018
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    Hisham Saadi, accused

    Michael Nguyen

    Thursday, 8 February 2018 20:30

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    The student of Concordia accused of having launched a false bomb threat on the day a review is planning to plead insanity and was sent for evaluation to the Institute Philippe-Pinel of Montreal.

    “Within 48 hours, you need to make an appointment for an assessment on the criminal responsibility “, ordered the judge Mélanie Hébert Hisham Saadi, on Thursday, at the palais de justice of Montreal.

    The trial of Saadi, 48 years old, has abruptly been suspended in order that psychiatrists focus on his mental state when he had created the panic on the Concordia, on march 1, 2017.

    On that day, media had received a letter on behalf of the Council of conservative citizens of Canada. The letter complained of the muslims in this university in the heart of Montreal, and threatened to blow up the “small gear craft lovers” in order to cause the ” fair of the injury for a few muslims.”

    At the start of his trial this week, Saadi has admitted to being the author of the letters, and have them sent. Interestingly, he himself is a muslim.


    Despite these admissions, Saadi has pleaded not guilty to the fear of terrorist activities, mischief and menace. And on Thursday, he announced by the voice of her lawyer, Caroline Braun as he asked to be re-assessed by the psychiatrists at Pinel.

    “Information has not been taken into account during the first expertise,” said the lawyer.

    It is that during his police questioning following his arrest, Saadi testified that he used antidepressants and antipsychotics, when he wrote and sent the letters disturbing.

    “I was taking three times the prescribed dose,” he explained to the court this week.


    This testimony was for the purpose of preventing one uses his police questioning at trial, even if he had not made any confession upon his arrest last year.

    He claimed that the lack of sleep and food, among other things, prevented him from making a declaration in full knowledge of the facts. Saadi was also said to be “humbled” by the clothes that are too short provided by the police.

    This request has however been rejected by the magistrate, who has undermined the credibility of the accused. Because if it took a triple dose of drugs to study better, it was not logical to believe that these same drugs have caused him to lose his means of dealing with the police, ruled the judge.

    ► Saadi, who is on bail, will return to court next month, in order to present to the judge the results of his new expertise.