“They want to close the restaurant after they’ve had a banquet,” lawyer Rocco Galati said outside the courthouse.
“After they’ve had 10 days with the media, feeding the media with whatever they want to feed the media, denying us the disclosure of any evidence and doing what they need to conduct the trial in this parking lot of this courthouse, they now have the audacity to request a publication ban of all proceedings from today’s date.”
After much debate between defence lawyers and the prosecution, the publication ban came into effect early Monday afternoon, before a number of bail hearings were set, and prohibits reporting of events inside the courtroom.
The 17 Muslim men, five of them under the age of 18, were arrested on June 2 in Canada’s largest counterterrorism operation.
Lawyer Arif Raza said the information is already in the public domain. “You can’t enforce the publication ban, the information is there… I don’t know what is there to protect any more.”