We are pleased to announce that Joel Bitar has been granted parole and is now free! Joel–along with with Richard Morano, Dane Rossman, Kevin Chianella, and one other, who has not chosen public support–was arrested in the wee hours of February 13, 2013, on charges relating to property damage at the 2010 Toronto G20 protests. After numerous extradition hearings and a period of time on house arrest, Joel eventually flew to Canada, was granted bail, and spent the intervening time preparing his case. Exactly one year to the date, on February 13th, 2014, Joel plead guilty to 12 counts of mischief over $5000 (after originally facing 26 counts), and was sentenced to 20 months in a provincial jail. He was granted parole in mid-August, and was released on September 11th, 2014. Because of Joel’s financial situation, he was not ordered to pay any restitution. Once again, we are glad that Joel is back home, with friends and family, in far less time than was anticipated.
Joel has released a statement on his release, which can be found on his blog, Locked Up Yet Liberated.
However, we would like to remind everyone that Kevin Chianella is still locked away from his loved ones, and we urge you to support this comrade while he does his time. Free Kevin! Free all political prisoners!
February 13th– Kevin plead guilty to 16 charges (originally facing 53 counts) and will do 24 months in a penitentiary, the only G20 prisoner to be sentenced to such a place. Kevin did not receive any restitution because of his financial circumstances.
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