After blaming what now appears to be an imaginary white supremacist organization claiming inspiration from President Donald Trump, Montreal police have arrested Hisham Saadi, 47, in connection with Wednesday’s bomb threat hoax at Concordia University, located in the center of Canada’s second-largest city.
A mysterious email, purportedly coming from the “Council of Conservative Citizens of Canada (C4),” was sent to Canadian media outlets and had authorities combing the city for white supremacists and seeking an Islamophobia conspiracy after the leftist Southern Poverty Law Center suggested the group was a Canadian version of the U.S. Council of Conservative Citizens, a racist organization.
Saadi appeared in court and has been ordered to undergo a psychological assessment.
The bomb threats closed three buildings on the downtown campus and students were evacuated. Police found no bombs after a thorough search.
According to a CBC report, Saadi is a Ph.D. student in economics at Concordia and is of Lebanese ethnicity. His religious affiliation, if any, was not stated.
The threats came in the middle of Concordia’s “Muslim Awareness Week” that was sponsored by local Muslim Student’s Association. No Islamophobia has been reported at the university; Muslim students actually have a prayer area located next to the school’s cafeteria.