G20 Aftermath: Byron Sonne gets bail after 11 months in the slammer

G20 Aftermath: Byron Sonne gets bail after 11 months in the slammer

Byron Sonne sits in jail (Image: Lee Towndrow) 

Arrested in the pressure cooker days before last summer’s G20 summit, Byron Sonne has been waiting almost a year while authorities decide for what, exactly, he’s being tried. The 38-year-old independent security online specialist became obsessed with the G20 security apparatus in the lead up to the summit and, in the process, lost his wife, his million-dollar home and his freedom. Today, however, he received a small bit of good news: he was granted bail—although he still faces one charge of possession of materials used to make explosives and another charge of counselling mischief.

The CBC has the story:

Byron Sonne, the Toronto man who was charged with explosives and weapons offences in the days leading up to last year’s G20 summit in Toronto, has been granted bail.

Sonne, 38, an independent online security specialist, has been in custody since he was arrested last June and charged with possession of explosives for an unlawful purpose, possession of dangerous weapons and intimidation of a justice system participant by threat and mischief.

Four of those charges were later dropped by the Crown. Sonne still faces one charge of possession of materials used to make explosives and another charge of counselling mischief.

For more on Sonne, check out Toronto Life’s May 2011 cover story, “The Anarchist of Forest Hill,” by Denise Balkissoon.

Bail granted for last G20 detainee [CBC]