‘Freedom Convoy’ leaders face new criminal charges | Nation World News

'Freedom Convoy' leaders face new criminal charges |  CBC News

The Crown has laid more charges against three key leaders of the so-called Freedom Convoy.

Tamara Lich, Chris Barber and Pat King all appeared in court virtually Thursday, a little more than one month after the weeks-long occupation of Ottawa’s downtown core was brought to an end.

Lich was behind a now-halted GoFundMe campaign that raised more than $10 million to support the protests in Ottawa.

She was arrested Feb. 17, denied bail, but then released from jail on March 7 on the condition she leave Ottawa within 24 hours, refrain from using social media, and having no contact with certain co-organizers.

Chris Barber, another key organizer, was arrested at the same time as Lich but released a day laterunder similar conditions.

Until now, Barber faced charges including counseling to commit mischief, counseling to disobey a court order, counseling to obstruct police, and mischief that interferes with the use and enjoyment of property.

Lich was just charged with counseling to commit mischief.

On Thursday, though, the Crown submitted “new information” from Ottawa police, which laid out six charges for each of Barber and Lich.

According to a related information document, the two are jointly accused of mischief, counseling mischief, obstructing police, counseling to obstruct police, counseling intimidation, and intimidation by blocking and obstructing one or more highways.

At the Ontario Court of Justice on Thursday, the defense lawyer for Barber and Lich, Diane Magas, said she’d like to review the new information and charges with her clients.

The court is expected to meet again to discuss the new charges in April. Magas said she’d like a review of Lich’s social media ban at a separate bail review, following the jurisdictional hearing.

King charged with intimidation, obstructing police

King, an Alberta resident and one of the most vocal leaders of the three-week occupation, had been facing four charges stemming from his Feb. 18 arrest, which he livestreamed to thousands of viewers.

Court heard Thursday he now faces new additional charges, bringing the total to 10:

  • Two counts of intimidation
  • Two counts of obstructing police.
  • One count of disobeying a court order.
  • One count of counseling intimidation.

King had been previously charged with mischief, counseling to commit mischief, counseling to obstruct police and counseling to disobey a court order. Those charges remain.

He was patched into his hearing Thursday from the Ottawa Carleton Detention Center where he’s been held since his bail was denied late last month.

While the Crown argued King was not entitled to another bail review, lawyer Cal Rosemond — who had not been retained by King but was in court on his behalf — argued he deserved one, given the “vastly different” nature of the new charges.

King’s next court appearance is slated for April 4.