Editor’s note: This file will be updated throughout the day Wednesday as the trial of Tamara Lich and Chris Barber continues. For up-to-the-minute coverage of the day’s court hearing once it begins later this morning, follow our live blog below.
The trial of convoy protest organizers Tamara Lich and Chris Barber continues for day two on Wednesday.
The first hearing of the trial on Tuesday included a compilation of videos filmed by police during the convoy protest, put together by Const. Craig Barlow of the Ottawa Police Service’s cyber crimes unit. Barlow was the first witness to appear in court.
The Crown expects to call other senior police officers to the stand when court resumes today.
Trial catch-up: Read our Day 1 trial live blog here
Lich and Barber stand co-accused of mischief, obstructing police, counselling others to commit mischief and intimidation for their roles in the weeks-long protest that gridlocked streets in downtown Ottawa and left residents dismayed by its presence through much of January and February 2022.
At the heart of the Crown’s case is whether Lich and Barber encouraged people to come to Ottawa and stay there, even as police ordered protesters to leave. The other question is whether doing so is considered illegal.
The Crown hopes to establish that Barber and Lich worked together in lockstep, so that evidence against one of them will apply to both.
The trial is expected to last at least 16 days.
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– With files from The Canadian Press
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