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Arrested convoy organizer Tamara Lich will appear in court on June 29

Freedom Convoy organizer Tamara Lich, who was re-arrested in her hometown of Medicine Hat, Alta., is due in Ottawa court on June 29, according to the Ottawa Police Service (OPS). .

Lich was arrested for “violation of court terms,” ​​the police department said, adding that the warrant was requested by the OPS.

“The OPS is returning her to Ottawa where she is due in court tomorrow,” the service said. said on Twitter on June 28.

Lich was first arrested in Ottawa on Feb. 17 shortly after the federal government invoked the Emergencies Act to drive protesters out of the nation’s capital convoy. She was charged with counseling to commit mischief and obstructing the police, among other charges.

(LR) Lawyer Keith Wilson, former RCMP officer Daniel Bulford, and Freedom Convoy organizers Tamara Lich and Benjamin Dichter hold a press conference in Ottawa on Feb. 6, 2022. (Limin Zhou/The Epoch Times)

A spokesperson for the Medicine Hat Police Department said Lich was arrested June 27 on a “Canada-Wide Warrant.”

“The warrant was extended from the jurisdiction of Ontario for one count of breach of a release order. Ms. Lich was detained and attended an interim release (JIR) hearing at approximately 10:30 a.m. this morning, where a six-day remand was ordered by the justice of the peace,” Rita Sittler said in an email. June. 28.

Sittler confirmed that Lich will be taken to Ottawa on June 29 to “appear before a judge to answer the charge.”

Lich was initially denied bail after her first arrest in February and was held for 19 days before another court decided there was no justification for keeping her in jail. given the nature of the charges against her.

Lich’s bail conditions include avoiding contact with other convoy organizers and refraining from using social media or asking anyone to do so on his behalf.

On June 16, she attended an awards ceremony in Toronto where she received the George Jonas Freedom Award presented by the Justice Center for Constitutional Freedoms.

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People gather on Parliament Hill as the Freedom Convoy of truckers protesting COVID-19 mandates and restrictions stage demonstrations in Ottawa on Jan. 29, 2022. (Limin Zhou/The Epoch Times)

Prior to her appearance at the event, Crown prosecutors had argued that she breached her bail conditions by agreeing to accept the sentence, but the presiding judge denied their request, saying “the courts are not thought police” and that the purpose of Lich’s prosecution was “to prevent a very problematic street protest from resuming or happening again. … No court would ever seek to control the possession or manifestation of political opinions.

Eric Granger, a criminal defense attorney who represents Lich, told The Epoch Times in a June 28 email that little information is currently available regarding Lich’s arrest, saying “the court documents simply reflect a warrant in the province of Ontario alleging breach of a no contact condition.

“We look forward to learning more details and taking appropriate steps to defend Ms. Lich once she returns to Ontario to settle the matter. It’s unclear exactly when that will be at the moment,” Granger said.

The Freedom Convoy was formed to protest the COVID-19 vaccine requirement for cross-border truckers that went into effect in January. The protest movement grew as more and more people opposed to the various COVID mandates and restrictions joined the cause, forming convoys of vehicles and converging on Ottawa in late January, with many remaining in the nation’s capital. until they were cleared by the police at the end of February.

Some groups have said they plan to hold peaceful protests calling for freedom during July Day festivities in Ottawa.

Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson said police are taking precautions to “respond to any situation”.

Noé Chartier contributed to this report.

Omid Ghoreishi


Omid Ghoreishi is an Epoch Times reporter based in Toronto.