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Convoy organizer Tamara Lich once more granted bail

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Freedom Convoy organizer Tamara Lich has once more been granted bail.

 Lich faces costs of mischief, obstructing police, counselling others to commit mischief, intimidation and extra lately failing to adjust to bail for her function in Ottawa’s large winter protest-turned-occupation towards COVID-19 restrictions and the Liberal authorities.

After she was accused of breaching her bail circumstances, Lich was ordered to stay in custody to await trial for her function within the protest that paralyzed downtown Ottawa in February.

She had been ordered to not talk with key convoy organizers besides via counsel or within the presence of counsel, however was re-arrested after having contact with fellow protest chief Tom Marazzo at an awards gala in Toronto final month.

Marazzo can also be a pacesetter of a bunch known as Veterans 4 Freedom, which staged a number of rallies in Ottawa over the Canada Day weekend.

In courtroom Monday, her lawyer Lawrence Greenspon argued the 2 organizers did nothing greater than shake palms and pose for a photograph collectively on the gala.

She had spent 48 days in jail whereas she waits to reply to non-violent costs, Greenspon stated. He added that she might find yourself spending extra time in custody earlier than her trial than she would finally must serve if she is discovered responsible.

Defence lawyer Lawrence Greenspon speaks to reporters on the Ottawa Courthouse on July 8, 2022, the day Lich had her bail revoked. (David Richard/CBC)

Crown counsel Moiz Karimjee disagreed, saying there’s the potential for Lich to serve a prolonged jail sentence for her function within the Ottawa protests.

On Tuesday morning, Justice Andrew Goodman set Lich’s detention apart, shifting to a bail listening to de novo — primarily a recent begin as if the earlier resolution by no means occurred. 

Goodman challenged the Crown Monday about whether or not he has discovered a case of mischief that is come near the utmost sentence of 10 years.

“The reply to that’s no, as a result of there’s by no means been an occupation of a metropolis, the capital of Canada, for 3 weeks,” Karimjee stated. “If not in a state of affairs reminiscent of this, then what different state of affairs?”

On Tuesday, Goodman stated he discovered it unlikely primarily based on the costs that Lich will spend a very long time in jail. He additionally famous her costs are non-violent.

Lich’s trial date has not been set. This week was the fifth time Lich was earlier than the courtroom to argue for her freedom from jail whereas she awaits a trial.

The brand new circumstances of her bail embody one other $37,000 bond, and tightened guidelines round communication with the identical checklist of convoy-linked folks as final time.

“It should be crystal clear to you by now that authorities are monitoring your each motion,” Goodman stated to Lich.

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