POLITICS

Terrorism charge dropped in smoke-bomb attack on Montreal subway system

05/16/2013 05:21 EDT | Updated 07/16/2013 05:12 EDT
MONTREAL - Charges of committing a terrorist hoax have been dropped against four people arrested last year when Montreal's subway system was paralyzed at the height of rush hour by smoke-bomb attacks.

Jean Pascal Boucher, a spokesman for the director of criminal and penal prosecutions, says the Crown decided there was insufficient evidence to support the charge.

Three woman face charges of mischief and conspiracy while a man faces an additional charge of possession of a prohibited weapon.

The four accused are free on bail pending their next court appearance on Sept. 3.

At least three smoke bombs were tossed into several subway stations in Montreal on May 10, 2012, shutting down the entire system for hours during the key morning commute period.

Media reports at the time tied the attacks to hardcore student protesters who considered the main protest groups too timid and not far-reaching enough in their goals.