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Canadian News Feb 22, 2022 2:45 PM EST

Freedom Convoy organizer Tamara Lich denied bail by judge who ran as a Liberal candidate

Lich was denied bail because, in part, the judge believed that there was a risk that she would continue criminal actions.

Freedom Convoy organizer Tamara Lich denied bail by judge who ran as a Liberal candidate
Roberto Wakerell-Cruz Montreal, QC

Freedom Convoy leader and organizer Tamara Lich was denied bail by an Ottawa judge this morning. According to Marieke Walsh of The Globe and Mail and David Akin of Global News, Lich wanted to be released on $5,000.

Lich was denied bail because, in part,  judge Julie Bourgeois believed that there was a risk that she would continue criminal actions. Bourgeois was a Liberal candidate for Glengarry-Prescott-Russell in 2011.

"There is a substantial risk you will continue these actions and will not abide by an order," the judge told Lich. "Your recent history in our city … satisfies me that you're detention is necessary for the safety and protection of the public."

The judge also said that Lich was being "guarded" and that her attitude was "almost to be obstructive."

Lich faces a charge of mischief, meaning she faces up to 10 years in prison.

"The accused is liable, upon conviction, a lengthy term of imprisonment," the judge said.

Lich was also instructed to not communicate with other organizers unless in the presence of a lawyer.

Lich was arrested five days ago in Ottawa. She is set to appear again in court on March 2.

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