More on the Ottawa fire-bombing arrests...
Terrorism charges are possible...
Ottawa Police announced the arrest of three Ottawa men in connection with the sensational firebombing of a Royal Bank branch in the Glebe on May 18.
Police indicated during the Saturday morning press conference that their investigation into the matter was continuing and they would not rule out further charges including the possiblity that the three men could be charged with terrorism.
The men are now in custody awaiting a bail hearing next Friday.
The three appeared in Ottawa court Satuday morning. Ottawa lawyer Lawrence Greenspon, who recently defended the convicted terrorist Momin Khawaja, acted on behalf of the three accused.
The charges flow from a 30-day investigation led by Ottawa Police Arson and Major Crime Units and supported by Ontario Provincial Police and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.
Police say that the investigation found the suspects had used a combination of an accelerant and an improvised explosive device to set the lobby of the bank on fire causing more than $500,000 in damage.
In the course of their investigation, police say they recovered hundreds of rounds of .762 caliber ammunition stored in an ammunition box with 50 caliber markings.
The investigation also led to charges for another incident at another Royal branch at 1535 Bank Street at about 4 a.m. on Feb. 1. In this incident two individual damaged windows and ATMs with rocks and a hammer.
Those charged are Roger Clement, 58, of Ottawa. For the May 18 incident, he faces charges of arson causing damage, possession of incendiary material, using explosives with intent to cause property damage, and mischief. He is charged with mischief in connection to the Feb. 1 incident.
In connection to the May 18 incident, Matthew Morgan-Brown, 32, of Ottawa, faces charges of arson causing damage, possession of incendiary material, using explosives with intent to cause property damage and mischief.
The third man charged is Claude Haridge, 50, also of Ottawa. He has been charged with careless storage and handling of ammunition and failure to comply with an undertaking. In connection with the Feb. 1 incident he faces a mischief charge.