Crown stays bail-related charges against Tamara Lich

Lich's breach charges arising from attendance at the George Jonas Freedom Award stayed.

TORONTO: During a brief court appearance today, the Crown informed the Court that it is staying charges for breach of bail conditions against Tamara Lich.

Pursuant to Ms. Lich's bail conditions and as a condition of her release from custody pending the outcome of her trial, she was prohibited from having contact with other alleged organizers of the Freedom Convoy protest. During the June 2022 George Jonas gala event in Toronto, the Crown alleged that she breached this condition by contacting another person the Crown contends was also a Freedom Convoy organizer. As a result, Ms. Lich was re-arrested in Alberta upon issuance of a Canada-wide warrant.

The charges for breach of bail condition are separate from the main criminal charges, and if convicted of the former, Ms. Lich could have been sentenced to additional jail time.

Ms. Lich is on trial in Ottawa for mischief, counselling mischief, intimidation, counselling intimidation and obstructing a peace officer and counselling obstruction. The trial was originally scheduled to run for 16 days - with 10 allotted to the Crown and six to the defence. However, so far, the trial has consumed over 21 days of trial time without the Crown completing its case.

The Crown advised the Court that, by staying the bail-related charges, it could devote time to completing its case on the main criminal charges.

The trial is set to continue on Thursday, October 26, 2023.

The Democracy Fund (TDF) is funding the legal defence of Ms. Lich. For those who wish to contribute, you can make a tax-deductible donation on this page.

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