from toronto star
Julian Ichim, once considered by police to be a co-conspirator of G20 violence, had charges of counselling to commit mischief dropped by the Crown on Monday.
The 30-year-old anti poverty activist appeared in provincial court with many of the 19 people co-accused of organizing violence during the summit of world leaders in June.
More than half of the accused appeared in court Monday, while others were represented by their lawyers.
Ichim was originally one of the accused co-conspirators, since those charges were withdrawn he faces no further charges related to G20 violence.
Ichim was called before a packed courtroom, with more than half of the accused co-conspirators and their family and friends.
When the Crown announced it was withdrawing the charges against Ichim he turned to the court with a mockingly perplexed look.
“It just shows that everything they talk about is crap,” Ichim then announced loudly. The court broke into applause.
His fiancé, Kelly Pflug-Back, rose from her seat to embrace him. She faces a long list of G20-related charges, and under her bail conditions the couple is only allowed to have contact or speak on the phone when parents are present.
“Peace,” Ichim then said, pushing his way through the door.
“I’m sick of it. I’m sick of it,” Ichim said, tearing up in the court parking lot. “I’m sick of the f****** fact that I can’t talk to my girlfriend without her mom there … I’m sick of living with cops next to my door watching me. I’m sick of wondering, ‘is this person really my
friend, or a cop.’“
He went on, accusing the justice system of rejecting democracy and trying to silence speech and ideas.
“F*** the system,” he shouted. “The fact that Alex Hundert is in jail is f****** bull-****.”
The court proceeding was a reunion of sorts for accused co- conspirators. They hugged and chatted like university friends returning from a school break outside the courtrooms. Under their bail conditions they are not allowed to otherwise associate with each other.
Each of the co-accused were given a new pre-trial appearance date of Nov. 29, except for Pflug-Back who will appear on Nov. 26.
Alex Hundert, another of the co-accused, is still in custody. He was led by police into the prisoner’s box.
Hundert faces additional charges for breaching bail conditions and, most recently, “intimidation of a justice system participant by threat.”
Hundert’s next court appearance is set for Nov. 16, where he will face charges that stem from an incident in a court parking lot after an appeal of his stringent bail conditions, in which the 30-year-old activist allegedly jotted down a Crown Attorney’s license plate.
John Norris, Hundert’s lawyer, would not comment on the latest charges against his client.
Hundert has been arrested three times in the last five months. He was picked up for the initial conspiracy charges prior to the G20, and was re-arrested in September for participating in a panel discussion at Ryerson University-which was deemed a violation of his bail restriction against participating in public demonstrations.
During Monday’s proceedings Peter Rosenthal, a lawyer for activist Jaggi Singh-who was not in court, argued for more disclosure of the evidence against his client.
Most of the accused, Rosenthal said afterwards, still haven’t been given access to the details behind the charges they face.