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Proc&egrave ;s Lich-Barber: the defense begins its closing argument

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Monday marks the 28th day of Tamara's trial Lich and Chris Barber. (Archive photo)

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Defense lawyers for Chris Barber and Tamara Lich, two organizers of the truckers' convoy, began presenting their evidence in their trial at the Ottawa courthouse.

Tamara Lich's lawyer, Eric Granger, argued Monday that there was no direct evidence linking his client to the illegal activities that took place in the downtown Ottawa during the protest, winter 2022.

Ms. Lich and Mr. Barber are accused of mischief, intimidation, obstructing the work of police officers and advising others to commit misdeeds in connection with the demonstration massive protest held against restrictions imposed in response to COVID-19.

The Crown concluded its case last week after weeks of testimony about the disruptive nature of the protests, attempting to prove that Mr. Barber and Ms. Lich had influence over the protesters' behavior.

Mr. Granger said none of the witnesses presented by the Crown said they communicated with Ms. Lich.

Hours of video posted on social media by Ms. Lich and Mr. Barber were also shown, from the lead-up to the protests to the arrest of the two defendants when police finally cleared the demonstrators from downtown London. #x27;Ottawa.

In these videos, the two organizers present themselves as the leaders of the movement and transmit messages to the demonstrators.

< p class="StyledBodyHtmlParagraph-sc-48221190-4 hnvfyV">Barber's lawyer also showed the court videos in which he called on protesters to remain peaceful and respect the police and residents of 'Ottawa.

Last Tuesday, the defense filed a motion arguing that Ms. Lich and Mr. Barber should not be considered co-accused , since the actions they took were not criminal. Judge Heather Perkins-McVey has already warned that she may not decide this issue as early as this week.

He This is the 28th day of hearings in this case.

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