Thursday, June 24th, 2010
The charge of ‘intimidating justice system participants’ tells the story here – Sonne was pranking intelligence. Not the best idea, but if he had no intent to actually cause any harm as seems to be the case, the only charge that should stick is mischief. Ah, but let’s not forget now, that terrorism charges now discount
Anna Mehler Paperny and Jill Mahoney, The Globe and Mail
June 24, 2010
‘There’s no way he was building bombs. He’s just not that kind of person’
For months, the man police are accusing of gathering the ingredients to create volatile explosives mused — in person and online — about testing the capabilities of Toronto’s G20 security.
Friends say Byron Sonne talked about obtaining the “chemical precursors” to explosives “in an attempt to purposefully raise flags and get ‘the man’ to take a look at me… but no luck,” as he wrote on an online forum for HackLab T.O. last fall.
It would seem “the man” looked.
Toronto police entered his Elderwood Drive home in Toronto’s tony Forest Hill neighbourhood with a warrant Tuesday; Mr. Sonne is now accused of obtaining the ingredients to make triacetone triperoxide — a powerful and volatile explosive used in 2001 by thwarted “shoe bomber” Richard Reid.
Mr. Sonne appeared in court in handcuffs on Wednesday, charged with mischief, possession of explosives, weapons and of intimidating “justice system participants” — the latter a rare charge associated with threatening or harassing judges, jurors and lawyers.
His bail hearing was pushed back to Saturday because the police investigation is still continuing. A publication ban has been placed on the proceedings.