Man charged with threatening to set hearth to Westmount synagogue that was vandalized

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A person who was arrested after swastikas were spray-painted on a synagogue in Westmount has been charged with threatening to burn the identical constructing.

Adam Riga, 28, a resident of the St-Laurent borough, appeared earlier than a choose Thursday morning. He was ordered to endure a fast psychological well being analysis earlier than his case returns to courtroom on Friday.

Riga is charged with possessing incendiary and explosive supplies with the intention of committing a legal act. The supplies are a container of gasoline and a lighter.

He’s additionally charged with threatening to set hearth to a synagogue. He was represented by a authorized help lawyer throughout his first courtroom look.

In response to provincial data, Riga doesn’t seem to have a legal report in Quebec.

He was arrested Wednesday afternoon after somebody spray-painted swastikas on the Shaar Hashomayim synagogue on Kensington Ave. in Westmount.

Rabbi Adam Scheier of Shaar Hashomayim, one of many largest synagogues on the island of Montreal, wrote in a letter to members of the congregation that the one that spray-painted the swastikas was apprehended by a safety guard after which turned over to police once they arrived.

The vandalization of the place of worship was condemned by Jewish teams and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

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