The Canadian government is now setting a precedent by accusing a protester from the 2010 G20 summit to “having the intention” of possibly building a bomb. This had nothing to do with the individual himself unfortunately, rather this is to show other future protesters that you will be detained, unlawfully imprisoned, tortured and incriminated.
They must be pretty foolish if they believe this will stop future demonstrations, take the students in Quebec for example. They have not backed down, instead the conflict has escalated beyond its original scope. The people are frustrated, tired of being robbed year after year by their incompetent government officials.
-The Infowarriors Team
Byron Sonne, arrested in June 2010 just before the G20 summit, arrives at court in Toronto for the start of his trial on Monday, Nov. 7, 2011. (Colin Perkel / THE CANADIAN PRESS)
The Canadian Press
Tuesday May. 15
TORONTO — A Toronto G20 activist who spent 11 months in jail before winning bail will find out today if he’s been found guilty of possessing explosives.
Byron Sonne is also charged with counselling mischief.
Sonne was arrested just days before the tumultuous June 2010 summit.
Police seized numerous chemicals at his upscale home they said he planned to make into bombs.
Sonne, a 39-year-old self-described security geek, says they were for his rocketry hobby.
He also maintains he was trying to expose security gaps in the $1-billion summit security setup.
At trial, his lawyer Joe Di Luca told Ontario Superior Court Justice Nancy Spies that suggestions Sonne was planning to blow up the summit flew in the face of his openly stated intentions to expose security gaps.
Police found no bombs when they arrested Sonne, but they did seize an array of legal chemicals, including various acids and hexamine fuel tablets along with laboratory apparatus.
They also seized potato guns from his cottage.
Sonne was charged with four counts of possessing explosives, and one of counselling mischief not committed in relation to his apparent urging of others to scale the security fence set up around the summit site.
Court saw hundreds of photographs Sonne took of surveillance cameras, police and the security fence set up downtown — many posted online on photo-sharing sites — along with suggestions he made on how to scale the barrier.
The Crown’s case rested heavily on one explosives expert, who testified that Sonne had the materials to make a bomb within hours or days big enough to destroy a bus.
Prosecutor Liz Nadeau portrayed him as someone obsessed with explosives and the summit who was anarchist friendly and wanted to “stick it to the system.”
The rocketry hobby, she said, was only a ruse to obscure his more nefarious intentions.
She argued the prosecution only needed to prove Sonne planned to make bombs, not that he actually had them or what he wanted to do with them.
Still, Di Luca said the Crown was implying Sonne, who had no criminal record, planned to attack the summit even though there was no evidence to back that up.
Sonne’s artist wife Kristen Peterson was also arrested, although charges against her were dropped. The couple has since split up and Sonne has been living with his parents, who regularly attended the proceedings, as have several supporters who considered him a political prisoner.
The Crown previously dropped five other charges, including mischief, possession of a dangerous weapon and intimidating a justice system participant.