A lawyer for Freedom Convoy organizer Tamara Lich says the Alberta woman was arrested.
Eric Granger confirmed in an email Monday evening that they were awaiting further details, but the arrest appeared to be related to Lich’s bail conditions.
He could not confirm the location of the arrest, but another attorney who also represented Lich, Keith Wilson, said on Twitter that the arrest took place Monday in Medicine Hat, Alta., where Lich lives.
A judge initially denied Lich bail after she was arrested during the massive protest that swept through downtown Ottawa for more than three weeks in February, but she was released in March after a review by the court’s decision.
Lich and fellow protest organizer Chris Barber are jointly charged with mischief, obstructing police, counseling others to commit mischief and intimidation.
She was released with a long list of conditions, including a ban on all social media and an order not to “support anything related to the Freedom Convoy”.
“We are not aware of anything that could have caused this and are surprised by this development given the recent bail review hearing in Ontario, where Ms Lich’s positive record for complying with her conditions was one of the reasons some of his terms were relaxed at that time. Granger wrote in an email to The Canadian Press.
Medicine Hat police did not immediately respond to a request to confirm whether Lich was arrested there.
In May, an Ontario judge ruled that Lich could remain on bail until her trial after a Crown prosecutor claimed she had breached one of her bail conditions by agreeing to to accept an award for her leadership during the protest in Ottawa, and that she should be sent back behind bars. await his appearance in court.
Ontario Superior Court Judge Kevin Phillips said he made his decision because Lich had complied with her bail conditions, her surety was watching her well and she already had a bond. “taste of prison”, which he said reduced his risk of recidivism.
Phillips changed his release conditions to allow him to visit Ottawa, but not downtown. He upheld Lich’s ban on social media access, saying banning such access remained justified.
This report from The Canadian Press was first published on June 27, 2022.