CanWest News Service
Published: Friday, August 10, 2007
NAPANEE, Ont. - Shawn Brant, whose road blockades in June sparked the closure of crucial highways and rail lines in Ontario, has been sent back to jail after his appeal for bail was denied in Ontario Court on Friday.
The native protester had been applying for bail so he could return to his family after spending more than a month in custody at the Quinte provincial detention centre in Napanee, Ont.
Brant turned himself in to Ontario Provincial Police on July 5 in Napanee, Ont., where he faced charges of mischief and breach of recognizance, stemming from the June 29 protests.
The OPP had issued an arrest warrant for Brant, a spokesman for protesters from the Tyendinaga Mohawk reserve in eastern Ontario, for his part in organizing blockades on rail lines and on Ontario Highways 401 and 2.
The protests, related to the Assembly of First Nations national day of action, halted CN rail service on its Montreal-Toronto corridor because of a blockade on the tracks at Marysville, Ont.
Brant, 43, was also under a number of bail orders related to earlier protests that were conducted by the Mohawks from Tyendinaga.
He is scheduled to appear in Ontario Court Aug. 27, for a preliminary hearing into those charges, a court worker said Friday.