Update – June 23rd 2010

Ottawa Movement Defense
RBC JUNE 18th ARRESTS UPDATE
Wednesday, June 23rd, 2010

CONTENTS

1. Call for Court Support – Friday June 25th, 9:30 am ALL DAY
2. Update on Court Proceedings
3. Note of Caution to Friends and Supporters
4. Donating to Legal Fund
5. Donating via Pay Pal
6. Media Links of Note
7. Media Inquiries and General Contact Information

1. CALL FOR COURT SUPPORT

9:30 am on Friday, June 25th, ALL DAY
Courtroom 30

The bail hearing for Roger Clement and Claude Haridge begins Friday, June 25th, at 9:30 am in Courtroom 30. The bail hearing will take all day, so if you are only able to come for part of the day, please do so.

It is very important for people to come and show solidarity in court on Friday, June 25th.  The crown will be arguing against the release of the two accused on bail. A strong showing of support from the community in court will help ensure Claude and Roger are released as soon as possible.

If you are available on Friday, June 25th, please come out. Also, spread the word widely that presence is requested.

2. UPDATE ON COURT PROCEEDINGS

Please note that some media outlets are consistently incorrectly reporting Claude’s charges. Claude is not currently being charged with any offences directly related to the alleged firebombing of the RBC Branch on May 18th, 2010.

At the present time, Claude is has two charges: improper and handling of ammunition, and a mischief charge for an unrelated event that took place several months prior to the RBC event in May.

Additional charges linking the 3 accused may be laid at some time in the future, but at this point it appears Claude’s case will be argued separately from that of Roger and Matt.

Matt Morgan-Brown’s bail hearing has been held over until Monday, June 28th. Further details will follow later in the week.

The names and charges, at this point, of the 3 individuals are:

Roger Clement, of Ottawa, charged with arson causing damage, possession of incendiary material, using explosives with intent to cause property damage, and mischief.

Mathew Morgan-Brown, of Ottawa, charged with arson, arson causing damage, possession of incendiary material, using explosives with intent to cause property damage, and mischief.

Claude Haridge, of Ottawa, careless storage and handling of ammunition, and mischief.

3. NOTE OF CAUTION TO FRIENDS AND SUPPORTERS

Please be careful when discussing this situation publicly, including online and to the media, as incautious statements may compromise the ability of the accused to defend themselves in court.

Now that this matter is before the courts, we need to ensure the Crown is able to base its case only on substantive evidence, rather than relying on sensational or incautious public comments.

In particular, IT IS THE POSITION OF OTTAWA MOVEMENT DEFENSE THAT SPEAKING VOLUNTARILY TO THE POLICE WILL PREJUDICE THE DEFENSE OF THE ACCUSED AND MAKE THEIR COURT PROCEEDINGS MORE DIFFICULT. ANY STATEMENT MADE TO THE POLICE OR MEDIA CAN BE USED AGAINST THE ACCUSED, REGARDLESS OF WHETHER IT IS HYPOTHETICAL OR BASED ON DISTORTED INFORMATION.

No matter how friendly or intimidating police may appear, or how clever you think you might be in getting information out of them, nothing good can come of voluntarily talking to the police.

If police contact you, please let us know as soon as possible at ottawamovementdefense@gmail.com

4. DONATING TO THE LEGAL FUND

Right now, financial support is crucial for three reasons. The first is that, while it is unclear at this time what possible bail conditions the Crown may ask for, or even if they will consent to releasing the 3 arrestees, we may need to put forward a significant amount of money for bail. We’re very grateful to everyone that has contributed already. But we may need a considerable amount more.

Unfortunately, as bail conditions weren’t discussed at all in court today, we are unable to provide more specific information at this time.

The second reason is that we must begin fundraising ongoing legal and support costs, which will be may be significant. All indications are that this could be a lengthy and involved proceeding and, while we can’t speculate at this time where it will end up, a trial could be a year or more away. In addition the costs of paying the legal team, there are related support costs accrued by Ottawa Movement Defense. These costs include such things as maintaining a cell phone dedicated to calls from prison, postage, etc.

If you are able to donate any money, please contact us the Pay Pal account (described below) or send a check addressed to Ottawa Movement Defense at the address listed below.

When donating money, please indicate if you would like to contribute to bail, legal costs, or both.

5. DONATING VIA PAY PAL

To donate to the legal defense fund via PayPal, please follow the below instructions:

  1. Go to http://www.paypal.com/sendmoney
  2. Type in ottawamovementdefense@gmail.com in the “To” box.
  3. Type in your email address in the “From” box
  4. Type in Amount and find CAD (Can Dollars) in the menu to the right.
  5. Click on the “Personal” Tab and check the button “Gift”.
  6. Click “Continue”.
  7. The next page will ask you to either Log In to your paypal account or sign up for an account. If you sign up for an account, you can link up your account to your credit card or bank account.
  8. For all transactions, there is a charge of 2.2% of the amount + $0.30. You can decide whether you will pay this amount or the Ottawa Movement Defense (in which case this amount is deducted from the amount you are giving).

6. MEDIA LINKS OF NOTE

Toronto Media Co-op Article: http://toronto.mediacoop.ca/blog/jesse-freeston/3735

7. MEDIA INQUIRIES AND GENERAL CONTACT INFORMATION

You can reach Ottawa Movement Defense at:

Email: ottawamovementdefense@gmail.com

Phone: 613 304 8870
Mailing Address:

Ottawa Movement Defense
207 Bank Street
Suite 453
Ottawa, ON
K2P 2N2

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