Freedom Convoy organizer Tamara Lich reportedly arrested in Medicine Hat

By Kareem Gouda, Todd Kaufman and Andrew Cowie

One of the leaders of the Freedom Convoy has been arrested, according to a lawyer who has represented the convoy.

Tamara Lich was reportedly arrested Monday in Medicine Hat with lawyer Keith Wilson saying it was allegedly in relation to her pre-existing bail conditions.

Lich gained notoriety for being one of the organizers of the Freedom Convoy in Ottawa.

The arrest also comes ahead of reported plans for more freedoms protests in the capital on Canada Day.

Her conditions include no involvement of any kind in COVID-19 or vaccine mandate protests, and to avoid contact with at least 10 other convoy organizers.

Lich spent 18 days behind bars after she was arrested in February and charged with mischief and counselling to commit mischief.

Back in May, an Ottawa judge decided that Lich will remain released on bail while awaiting trial.

Ontario Superior Court Justice Kevin Phillips said his decision was based on how well Lich’s surety has supervised her, that she has followed her bail conditions, along with “having had a taste of jail,” which lowered risk of reoffence.

The judge said he does not accept that Lich breached her release conditions by agreeing to receive an award, and added Lich can be trusted to respect the conditions of her release.

She was released with a long list of conditions, including a ban from all social media and an order not to “support anything related to the Freedom Convoy.”

The terms of Lich’s release were intended to prevent a similar protest from happening in the national capital, the judge said, adding the court does not seek to control people’s political views.

With files from the Erika Ibrahim, The Canadian Press

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