Bail denied to man accused of committing terror attack on Edmonton city hall

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A judge has denied bail to the man accused of committing a terror attack on Edmonton city hall.

Justice Janet Dixon of the Alberta Court of Justice declined to grant pre-trial release to Bezhani Sarvar, following an hours-long bail hearing that ended early Thursday evening.

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A publication ban was placed on much of what occurred during the proceedings. Sarvar, 28, appeared from the Calgary Remand Centre wearing blue coveralls, his head shaved. Members of his family including his wife, father and sister attended court.

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Sarvar was charged after a gunman entered Edmonton city hall from the parkade elevator Jan. 23, threw several Molotov cocktails onto the floor of the atrium and fired several rounds from an SKS rifle.

The gunman surrendered after a few minutes to an unarmed Commissionaires security guard. Sarvar himself worked as a Commissionaire, the company confirmed.

No one was injured in the attack. The gunfire and firebombs caused around $100,000 in damage, including bullet holes in walls, several glass banisters and one exterior window, along with burned flooring in the main atrium.

The morning of the attack, a video titled “Rise up” was posted to YouTube, showing a man wearing a Commissionaires jacket seated in the driver’s seat of the car. He tells the viewer he is about to complete a “mission” and that he is “not a psychopath” or “one of these monsters that hurt children.”

A screen grab from a YouTube video linked to the Jan. 23, 2024, attack on Edmonton city hall. The video, titled “Rise up,” was later deleted. Photo by Screenshot/YouTube

He goes on to address a litany of issues, including corruption, taxes, inflation, the cost of housing, “the wokeism disease,” immigration and “the genocide that’s going on in Gaza and throughout the world.”

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