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Montreal Metro smoke bombing accused gets bail

05/24/2012 01:50 EDT | Updated 07/24/2012 05:12 EDT

The fourth person charged in connection with the smoke bombing of the Montreal Metro system has been granted bail.

François-Vivier Gagnon, 22, showed no reaction as the judge at his bail hearing announced the decision Thursday morning.

Included in his bail conditions are restrictions on being near any Metro stations, possessing any weapons or smoke bombs and a requirement that he move in with his mother.

He is also prohibited from taking part in any demonstration, even if it is peaceful.

The prosecution objected to Gagnon’s release because he faces charges related to allegations of mischief and obstruction at the CEGEP du Vieux Montreal dating back three months.

Gagnon’s mother will provide $5,000 to the court and sign an undertaking for an additional $10,000 for her son’s bail.

The judge told the accused he was lucky and should thank his mother for her assistance.

Gagnon, Roxanne Bélisle, 23, Vanessa L'Écuyer, 22, and Geneviève Vaillancourt, 25, were charged earlier this month in connection with the coordinated detonation of smoke bombs that crippled the city’s system on May 10.

They turned themselves in to authorities a short time after investigators released images of suspects wanted in connection with the incident.

Gagnon was also charged with possession of a prohibited weapon in relation to a knife police allege he had.

The three other accused were released on bail on similar conditions last week.

The four were charged with mischief over $5,000 and inciting fear of a terrorist act, a Canadian Criminal Code charge introduced in 2004 following the 9/11 attacks in New York City.

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