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Hamza Babou, jailed UQAM student leader, to be released today

05/01/2015 11:11 EDT | Updated 05/01/2016 05:12 EDT
University of Quebec in Montreal student leader Hamza Babou will be released from jail later today after appearing in municipal court this morning on charges linked to a student demonstration.

One new charge of assault was added this morning, bringing Babou's total to 15.

Babou was arrested in mid-April for allegedly disrupting a class at UQAM. He is facing 14 charges, including uttering threats and assault, in connection with a student demonstration.

The charges are for summary offences, which generally means they are not considered serious violent crimes.

Despite that, Municipal Court Judge Denis Laberge refused to grant Babou bail.

Babou challenged his detention in Quebec Superior Court and, on Thursday, a judge ordered his release under certain conditions.

Now that he has appeared in court on the one additional charge, Babou can be released.

That should happen Friday afternoon after he is returned to the Bordeaux jail to be processed.​

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