05/06/2016 13:35 EDT | Updated 05/07/2017 01:12 EDT

Hearing for Maurice (Mom) Boucher switched to Montreal for security reasons

LONGUEUIL, Que. — A judge has ordered that murder-related proceedings involving former Hells Angels kingpin Maurice (Mom) Boucher be switched to a Montreal courthouse

Boucher is to have a preliminary hearing next week on charges of conspiracy to murder crime figure Raynald Desjardins in prison.

The hearing was to be held in Longueuil, south of Montreal, but a judge agreed Friday to a Crown request it be moved to the Gouin courthouse.

That Montreal facility is linked by a tunnel to a detention centre where Boucher will stay during the hearing.

Boucher is currently serving life imprisonment in Sainte-Anne-des-Plaines penitentiary, north of Montreal, after having been convicted of first-degree murder for ordering the killings of two prison guards in 1997.

(Cogeco Nouvelles)