it appears jailed anti-globalization protestor Jaggi Singh's legal hassles could get worse.
His Montreal lawyers tell NOW that they're expecting police will lay further charges today (Thursday, May 3) when Singh appears in a Quebec City courtroom. Legal collective lawyers Bill Sloan and Pascal Lescarbau say the police will bring further charges that Singh violated previous bail conditions when he demonstrated at the recent Summit of the Americas in Quebec City.
Singh was arrested last year at two separate demonstrations in Montreal and was released on bail. The charges in those cases are still before the courts.
Lescarbau says he intends to go to Quebec superior court to request a review of the judge's decision to keep Singh in custody. It could be weeks before Singh actually goes to trial.
As well as violating conditions of recognizance, Singh is also charged with participating in a riot and possession of a dangerous weapon (actually a catapult that was used to launch teddy bears at police).
The protestor's lawyers hope an audio tape of Singh's address to demonstrators on the Friday afternoon prior to his arrest may help his defence. The tape belongs to Quebec City community radio reporter Nawel Said. She tells NOW that at no time did Singh direct protestors to attack the fence. "I never heard that," Said says.