The trial of Tamara Lich and Chris Barber enters day 31 today in Ottawa. As two of the most prominent faces of the Freedom Convoy, Lich and co-accused Chris Barber are facing charges of mischief, obstructing police, counselling others to commit mischief, and intimidation. The Freedom Convoy demonstrations drew thousands of Canadians to Ottawa in early 2022 in opposition to COVID-19 restrictions.
As explained by Rebel News reporter Robert Kraychik, during yesterday's proceedings, the prosecution admitted that the Freedom Convoy was not at all violent in nature. Crown prosecutor Siobhan Westcher added that "[The Freedom Convoy] didn't descend into rioting" and "the absence of violence doesn't make something peaceful... [but] is merely a lack of an aggravating factor."
Kraychik noted, "Westcher's remarks were made in the context of the Crown's Carter application, which, if approved by Justice Heather Perkins-McVey — the judge presiding over the trial — would allow for incriminating evidence against one co-defendant to be attributable to both co-defendants."
Watch a full recap of yesterday's proceedings:
Kraychik is once again reporting from inside the Ottawa courthouse and will be providing live updates.
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