Authorities on Saturday charged a Montreal man who hijacked a New York-bound Greyhound bus and held its driver and 10 passengers hostage for eight hours outside Parliament.

Charles Jean Yacoub appeared briefly in court and was charged with hostage-taking, unlawful confinement, using a firearm in a criminal act and illegal possession of a firearm. The hostage-taking charge could bring a maximum sentence of life imprisonment.Yacoub, 32, was ordered held in custody pending another hearing Monday.

Police said Yacoub hijacked the bus in Montreal, diverted it to Ottawa and held police at bay for eight hours, saying he had dynamite.

The hijacking ended peacefully and without injuries Friday evening.