Freedom Convoy organizer Tamara Lich was arrested in her hometown of Medicine Hat, Alberta, on June 27.
“She will be returned to Ottawa to appear in Court,” Ottawa Police Service said.
Eric Granger, a criminal defence lawyer who is representing Lich, said very limited information related to her arrest is available at this time.
“We look forward to receiving further information in due course,” Granger told The Epoch Times in an email.
“Given that Ms. Lich’s conditions were relaxed to some extent at a recent bail review where her strong performance on bail was noted by the judge, we look forward to learning more details in relation to this matter so that we can determine the appropriate next steps in her defence.”
Lich was charged with counselling to commit mischief and obstructing police, among other charges, when she was first arrested in Ottawa on Feb. 17.
She was denied bail on Feb. 22 in a decision by Ontario Court Justice Julie Bourgeois, who said that Lich’s detention was “necessary for the protection and safety of the public.”
Lich appealed the decision, and on March 7, Ontario Superior Court Justice John M. Johnston overturned Bourgeois’s decision by granting her bail. Johnston said Bourgeois’s ruling was too subjective in its assessment of the gravity of Lich’s offences, weighing them against the impacts on Ottawa’s residents rather than other offences in the Criminal Code.
Lich was released after being in custody for 19 days on a $25,000 bond with several bail conditions, including avoiding contact with fellow convoy organizers and refraining from using social media or having someone do so on her behalf.
Tom Marazzo, a military veteran who acted as a spokesperson for the Ottawa Freedom Convoy protest in February, urged supporters to remain calm in reaction to Lich’s arrest.
The Freedom Convoy protest started as a demonstration against the federal COVID-19 vaccine mandate imposed on cross-border truck drivers in January, but expanded into a bigger movement with many joining the cause to protest various COVID-19 mandates and restrictions.
The protests in Ottawa lasted for around three weeks, and ended after the federal government invoked the Emergencies Act on Feb. 14, with police clearing the protests in an escalated operation in a few days.