Ahead of her court appearance on Thursday, Crown prosecutors argue Ottawa protest organizer Tamara Lich should be back in jail for violating her bail conditions by continuing to support Freedom. Convoy.
Lich has agreed to attend a Justice Center for Constitutional Freedoms (JCCF) gala scheduled for Toronto on June 16, where she receives a “Freedom Award.”
According to a request filed by Crown attorneys, Lich must not support “anything related to the Freedom Convoy” and the document accuses the event of being “designed to support the Freedom Convoy movement”.
The event includes a VIP reception with tickets worth $500, and the Crown states, “It is the only reasonable conclusion that Ms. Lich has agreed to attend this event in support of the Freedom Convoy cause.
Lich has been out of jail since March 7, on the condition that she leave Ottawa, reversing a decision made the previous month to keep her in jail. She has been living in a residence in Alberta for about two months.
Moiz Karimjee, the crown attorney prosecuting Lich, also alleges in his latest request that the decision to release Lich in March was made without proper analysis.
She was arrested on February 17 shortly before the major push by police to clear the last protesters occupying the streets of downtown Ottawa. Lich remained in custody and was denied bail on February 22, but later appealed and was released.
Lich and Chris Barber are jointly charged with mischief, mischief counseling, obstructing police, counseling to obstruct police, counseling intimidation, and intimidation by blocking and obstructing one or more highways.
In its application, the Crown claims that Lich “continued her support for the cause of the convoy” and that she did so with the assistance of the JCCF, a charity associated with the Freedom Convoy.
“The collaborative and representative nature of the relationship between the parties cannot be denied,” the application states, noting that attorneys for the charity were present during court appearances.
Keith Wilson, a JCCF lawyer, traveled to protests in Ottawa and participated in official Freedom Convoy press conferences to speak on behalf of the group.