Multiple additional criminal charges laid against ‘Freedom Convoy’ organizers
Crown prosecutors added intimidation charges to a raft of new criminal counts laid against key accused “Freedom Convoy” organizers Tamara Lich, Chris Barber, Pat King and Tyson “Freedom George” Billings during separate court appearances Thursday.
Lich and Barber are now jointly charged with counselling mischief, counselling intimidation, counselling to obstruct police, intimidation and mischief. Lich had previously been charged with mischief and counselling to commit mischief; Barber had been charged with mischief, counselling to commit mischief, counselling to disobey a court order and counselling to obstruct police.
King appeared in a separate court session Thursday from the Ottawa-Carleton Detention Centre, where he has been held since his arrest Feb. 18, part of the mass arrests that brought an end to the three-week demonstration by the so-called “Freedom Convoy.” King was denied bail Feb. 24, with the justice of the peace citing concern he may reoffend and expressing doubt in the reliability of King’s proposed surety.
King apologized for “all this nonsense” at one point Thursday as two different lawyers requested time to speak with him in a private “breakout” session in the midst of the virtual court hearing.
During another court appearance earlier this week, King and his lawyer, Cal Rosemond, both complained about the difficulty they had in contacting each other while King was at the jail.