Crown unreasonably delaying jailed G20 defendant Alex Hundert breach hearing

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

October 6, 2010 – Toronto, Mississauga New Credit – G20 defendant Alex Hundert appeared in a Scarborough court today over the allegation that he breached his existing bail condition to not participate in a public demonstration. Hundert was arrested on September 17th after speaking at a panel discussion at Ryerson University. He has remained in jail since his arrest.

The Crown in Alex Hundert’s breach hearing indicated today that his hearing may continue for upto six days and is arguing for Hundert’s bail to be revoked entirely in order to keep him behind bars till trial. Hundert’s bail hearing continues Thursday Oct 7 to Fri October 8 at 10 am in Courtoom 411, Scarborough Courthouse, 1911 Eglinton East.

According to Yogi Acharya “We are outraged at the proceedings today and the Crown’s aggressiveness. The Crown has spent all day going over the evidence in the original conspiracy charge and hasn’t even addressed how, in their opinion, Alex speaking at a panel discussion in a university classroom alongside professors is apparently a public demonstration. Alex has been in jail since September 17 on a ridiculous and bogus breach
charge and this unreasonable delay tactic by the Crown is fundamentally unjust and malicious.”

This latest attempt is not the first time the Crown has attempted to send Hundert back to jail. On July 28, 2010 the Ontario Provincial Police warned Hundert that media interviews him and his co-accused Leah Henderson did with CBC radio, Toronto Sun, Vancouver Media Co-op, and Rabble were a violation of the no demonstration bail condition and threatened to re-jail them. A day later at a press conference, Hundert and his supporters decried this media ban as a blatant violation of his right to free speech and of freedom of the press. On August 20, the Crown had appealed Hundert and Henderson’s release from jail in the Ontario Superior Court and was seeking pre-trial incarceration. However Federal Court judge Todd Ducharme dismissed the Crown’s appeal.

In a previous media statement, Hundert has stated “They are targeting me and because I am part of communities that are effectively organizing across movements. Whether it is the criminalization of anarchists and community organizers like me, or the daily demonization of Indigenous peoples, poor people and migrant communities, we have to show them that our resolve and our solidarity can be stronger than their intimidation and repression.”

Hundert is facing politically-motivated conspiracy and counseling charges in relation to the Toronto G8/G20 protests. He was arrested preemptively at gunpoint in a violent house raid on the morning of June 26th, before the protests began, and is being targeted as a member of the community group AW@L and Southern Ontario Anarchist Resistance.

Several other G20 defendants remain behind bars, including Indigenous sovereignty activist Ryan Rainville of the Sackimay Nation. Other G20 defendants remain in jail, punished by the criminal justice system for being poor and unable to afford exorbitant bail, while some face the possibility of deportation as a means of stifling their dissent.

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