James Topp during his arriving in Ottawa last week
Canadian Armed Forces reservist James Topp, who opposed COVID-19 health restrictions and mandatory vaccinations, will face to military justice.
His lawyer, Mr. Philip Millar, indicates that Mr. Todd was recently informed that he will be allowed to have his case heard by a military tribunal rather than by his chain of command.
According to Me Millar, this decision represents a second volte-face, after the offer of a court martial that the army initially made to his client, before finally canceling this offer, first. , to return the management of his case to his unit commanders.
In February, James Topp was charged with two counts of conduct to the prejudice of good order and discipline for comments made while in uniform.
He then started a march across the country, from Vancouver to Ottawa to participate in Canada Day. A march that was supported by many of the organizers of the truckers' demonstration that paralyzed downtown Ottawa earlier this year.
In front of some Conservative MPs who l hosted in the federal capital last week, Mr Topp explained that he had marched in part to obtain the repeal of all vaccination requirements and to demand the reinstatement of anyone who lost their job due to this requirement as well as compensation for lost wages.
According to military law experts, the decision to allow a court martial to rule on this case increases the potential penalties that could be taken against Mr. Topp if found guilty.
With information from La Presse canadienne