Truckers Protest: Tamara Lich Remains in Jail

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Truckers Protest: Tamara Lich remains in jail

Judge Paul Harris said the court found Tamara Lich's actions “troubling”.

Tamara Lich started the Ottawa Trucker Convoy Fundraisers the last winter (archives).

One of the trucking convoy organizers, Tamara Lich, was denied bail for violating her bail conditions when she attended an awards gala in Toronto and had contact with another convoy organizer.

Justice of the Peace Paul Harris announced his decision Friday afternoon in the Ontario Court of Justice at Ottawa, in the presence of Ms. Lich.

He explained that the detention of Ms. Lich was necessary to maintain confidence in the administration of justice.

< p class="e-p">When the decision was announced, one person started crying in the audience, while another ran out.

The next appearance of Ms. Lich is scheduled for July 14 via videoconference.

Ms. Lich has been in jail since her arrest in Medicine Hat, Alberta on June 27. Ottawa police had previously issued a Canada-wide warrant for her arrest.

She faces charges of mischief, advising to commit mischief, obstructing police, advising to obstruct police, advising to use intimidation and of having herself used intimidation by blocking and obstructing one or more public roads in connection with the demonstration which occupied parts of Ottawa for approximately three weeks in the winter last.

Supporters of Ms. Lich gathered outside the Ottawa courthouse on Friday.

< p class="e-p">Outside the courthouse on Friday, supporters of Ms. Lich holding Canadian flags chanted Free Tamara!.

Ms. Lich appeared virtually in an Ottawa courtroom on Tuesday for his fourth bail hearing since his first arrest last February.

Crown Attorney Moiz Karimjee has argued that the photo and video in which Ms. Lich is seen at an awards gala in Toronto, posing and speaking briefly with one of the other organizers of the convoy, Tom Marazzo, constituted a flagrant violation of his conditions of release.

He argued that Ms Lich should be detained, adding that the judge who released her on bail had given her a gift… to which she responded with a snub.

However , defense attorney Lawrence Greenspon downplayed Ms. Lich's actions, saying they did not violate her release conditions. According to Me Greenspon, Ms Lich should therefore have been released again on conditions.

He argued that the only evidence the Crown has is photo and video. He directed the court to answer a simple question: Should Ms. Lich be detained for what she did in Toronto?

One ​​of the conditions of release Ms. Lich's bail stipulates that she may not contact or communicate in any manner, i.e. by any physical, electronic or other means, with certain individuals associated with the convoy – including including Mr. Marazzo – except through counsel or in the presence of counsel.

This wording was dissected during the hearing earlier this week, with Mr Greenspon saying it referred to communication rather than physical contact.

He also asked the lead investigator in this case, Chris Benson, if he could identify any lawyers from the Center for Constitutional Freedoms, the organization that organized the June 16 event.< /p>

Mr. Benson admitted that he could not identify any of them and did not know if any lawyers for Ms. Lich were in the video or in the photo taken the same evening. However, the detective told the court he believed Ms. Lich's actions were a breach of her release conditions.

She sits at a table with Mr. Marazzo at a social event, a gala. It's not a law office, it's not a boardroom, Benson added, explaining the basis of the warrant for her arrest. She was then photographed later that evening with Mr. Marazzo, arm in arm.

Tamara Lich's lawyer, Lawrence Greenspon

Leaving court, Ms. Lich's lawyer said he was extremely disappointed with the court's decision. court and said he stands ready to apply for a review with the Ontario Superior Court as soon as possible.

[Ms. Lich] is in custody and we want to get her out, he said, explaining that his client is understandably disappointed with the outcome and wants her freedom back as soon as possible.

With information from The Canadian Press and Dan Taekema, CBC News

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