On Wednesday, a parolee was charged with arson for setting a fire at the offices of Montreal law firm Danièle Roy & Associés. The firm represented defendants of several high-profile cases in recent years.
Khodr Kanaan, a 32-year-old resident of Longueuil, faces three counts relating to a fire started last year at the law firm’s offices at 500 Place d’Armes, housed in a tower accommodating several of Quebec’s most prominent criminal lawyers.
The fire on Nov. 6, 2020, did little damage, as reported by La Presse at the time. But the Service de police de la Ville de Montréal’s arson department took the matter seriously in case it was an attempt to intimidate someone associated with the justice system.
A security camera captured images showing two suspects walking around the building that day. One of them wore slip-on shoes distributed to prison inmates.
At the time of the crime, Kanaan was on parole, after serving part of his 11-year prison sentence for a violent home robbery on a farm in Waterville, in the Eastern Townships.
The indictment filed in court does not specify if the accused was targeting a particular lawyer within the office. The investigation is ongoing.
Élizabeth Ménard, president of the Association of Montreal-Laval-Longueuil defence lawyers, said any attempt to attack a lawyer should be taken seriously.
“This is unacceptable. In a case like this, you are not attacking just one person, but the entire justice system,” she said.