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Suspects in custody

Two suspects have been arrested for a string of hate crimes against the Montreal Jewish community, including the foiled firebombing of the Ben Weider Centre two weeks ago:

Omar Bulphred, 21, and Azim Ibragimov, 23, appeared briefly in Quebec Court on Friday to be arraigned on charges stemming from incidents that began last fall. Both were denied bail.

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Each man is charged with conspiracy to commit armed robbery, conspiracy to kidnap and conspiracy to forcibly confine someone. Those crimes are alleged to have taken place between March 30 and April 8.

They also face charges of possession of an explosive in connection with the Sept. 2 firebombing of Skver-Toldos Orthodox Jewish Boys School in Outremont.

Each faces one count of damage to property by fire or explosion after a car parked on de l’Authion Ave. in the city’s Mercier district was firebombed Sept. 12.

As well, the two are alleged to have uttered death threats against a member of the Jewish community, and to have threatened to burn, destroy or damage property belonging to the Jewish community.

The most recent attack occurred on April 3, the first day of Passover, when a firebomb exploded at the YM-YWHA Ben Weider Jewish Community Centre, also known as the Snowdon Y. Employees called police at 11:15 p.m. after they heard an explosion at the facility’s main entrance on Westbury Ave. No one was injured and there was no damage to the building.

Not a lot of details are emerging just yet, but the ones that have been published are just plain bizarre – especially the kidnapping conspiracy charges. The two are being brought up on hate charges, and more information is sure to emerge if and when they go to trial.

Bastards. (Or, on advice of my imaginary lawyer, alleged bastards).

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  • josh 04.15.07, 12:10 AM

    Fascinating how it is now a valid tool in the arsenal of terrorists (organized or not) to kidnap Jews.

    At least three Israeli soldiers are still in Arab hands and who cares?

    Pollard is rotting away in jail after 22 years, who cares?

    Well, not even the corrupt kadima/labour Israeli government who is now trying to decide how many terrorists to release in exchange for one of the soldiers. Anything for some quick satisfaction and a photo op.

    One hundred seventy seven victims killed by freed terrorists since 2000 (click on English)

    Kidnapping Israelis works and now we have proof that Jews around the world are targets as well.

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