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Key convoy organizer Tamara Lich denied bail as Patrick King appears in court

OTTAWA — Tamara Lich, one of the most visible organizers behind protests against COVID-19 restrictions and the Liberal government near Parliament Hill, has been denied bail.

OTTAWA — Tamara Lich, one of the most visible organizers behind protests against COVID-19 restrictions and the Liberal government near Parliament Hill, has been denied bail.

Another key organizer, Patrick King, is in court for a bail hearing on Tuesday where a woman who admits only meeting him four weeks ago is posting bail for half the value of her Alberta home to secure his surety.

A judge in an Ontario court denied Lich bail in Ottawa on Tuesday morning, saying she believed there was a strong likelihood she would re-offend if released.

Judge Julie Bourgeois said the effect of the convoy on the community was immense and she found Lich to be stubborn and dishonest in her responses in court during her bail hearing on Saturday.

“I can’t be reassured that if I release you into the community, you won’t reoffend,” Bourgeois said.

“Your detention is necessary for the protection and safety of the public.”

Lich appeared in court via video link, rather than in person.

King, who is known for promoting racist conspiracy theories online, appeared at a separate bail hearing on Tuesday. Only a handful of people were in an Ottawa courtroom for the proceedings while many others watched virtually.

In the prison box, King wore a gray hoodie emblazoned with the word Odin and the judge had to remind him to wear a mask during the hearing due to COVID-19 restrictions.

At one point, King’s attorney tersely told him to shut up, saying it was not his time to testify.

Kerry Komix, an Alberta resident, offers to be King’s surety if he is released on bail. According to the plan, King would live at her house in a guest bedroom.

Komix said she would make sure King met all bail conditions and attended future court dates or risk losing $50,000 bail.

“As soon as he is released, he will be in my custody 24 hours a day,” she said.

Komix said she was a light sleeper and had an attentive dog.

“I don’t see any way he could rape it without my knowledge,” she said.

“I will be able to hear every move he makes.”

Under cross-examination by the Crown, Komix said she had known King for four weeks, having herself traveled to Ottawa as part of the truck convoy.

This sparked new questions about how Komix really knows King, as well as his own beliefs.

The Crown released a video of King making derogatory statements about different races and appearing pleased that a court order was required earlier this month to clamp down on protest truck honking.

Komix said that the king she knows loves all races.

Just before a break in proceedings, King received documents from the law firm Paul Champ, which is pursuing a civil action against the protest organizers on behalf of residents of downtown Ottawa.

The hearing is scheduled to continue Tuesday afternoon.

King, 44, was arrested Friday and faces charges of mischief, counseling to commit mischief, counseling to commit the offense of disobeying a court order and counseling to obstruct police.

Lich was arrested last Thursday and charged with counseling to commit mischief. At a bail hearing on Saturday, she promised to give up defending the protest and return to Alberta.

Bourgeois reserved his bail decision on Lich until Tuesday.

In addition to holding Lich in custody, Bourgeois ordered Lich to have no contact with King or fellow convoy organizers Benjamin Dichter, Christopher Barber, and Daniel Bulford.

Barber was arrested the same day as Lich and released on bail on Saturday.

Lich’s bail decision came the day after the House of Commons voted in favor of the government’s use of measures under the Emergencies Act, which Prime Minister Justin Trudeau invoked last week in an attempt to end blockades in Ottawa and major Canada-US border crossings.

The Liberal government won the support of New Democrats to get the measures approved.

The Senate is due to begin its own debate on the measures today.

Ottawa police said in a statement Monday that officers made 196 arrests, including 110 facing various charges.

Police also said 115 vehicles linked to the protest had been towed away.

This report from The Canadian Press was first published on February 22, 2022.

Mia Rabson and Jim Bronskill, The Canadian Press