Report: Man Tried to Board LAX-Bound Flight With Bomb-Making Components

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An Iranian-born Montreal man faces three criminal charges in an alleged attempt to board a Los Angeles-bound plane with bomb-making components in his carry-on luggage, Canadian media reported Monday.


Artist’s sketch shows 71-year-old Antony Piazza during a court appearance in Montreal on Monday. (Credit: AP)

Antony Piazza, 71, appeared in court a day after his arrest at Pierre Trudeau International Airport to be charged with possession of an explosive substance, attempting to transport an explosive substance on an airplane and mischief by endangering the safety of an airport or aircraft, the Toronto Star reported.

Conviction on the charges would carry a maximum sentence of 10 years, news reports said, quoting Crown Prosecutor Alexandre Gauthier.

Piazza was born in Iran and was named Houshang Nazemi until he legally changed it after a mid-1980s drug-trafficking conviction and 10-year prison sentence, the Star said.

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