Montreal police arrest man alleged to have praised Polytechnique killer on blog

MONTREAL — A blogger who allegedly glorified the gunman behind Montreal's 1989 Ecole polytechnique massacre was arrested on the eve of the attack's 30th anniversary.

Jean-Claude Rochefort appeared in court Friday to answer charges of inciting hatred towards women.

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Investigators have linked him to what police call "disturbing" writing published under a pseudonym on a "hateful, anti-feminist blog."

Police say Rochefort was arrested Thursday at his home in Montreal, where they conducted a search and seized computer equipment.

The man in his 70s is to remain in custody until a bail hearing scheduled for Monday.

Police said Rochefort faced charges similar charges in 2009.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Dec. 6, 2019.

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