Montreal activist Jaggi Singh won't serve any additional time in jail for urging people to tear down a security fence during last year's G20 summit in Toronto.

An Ontario Superior Court judge on Tuesday gave Singh a suspended sentence and 12 months of probation, and ordered him to complete 75 hours of community service.

Singh was given 69 days' credit for time spent in pretrial custody and house arrest. It means he won't have to spend any time in jail, provided he fulfils the terms of the probation.

Singh offered no apologies on Tuesday for a speech he gave last year on June 24 where he incited people to bring down the three-metre fence that encompassed the area where the summit was being held in downtown Toronto.

Profile: Jaggi Singh


Jaggi Singh is one of Canada's best-known anti-globalization activists, both for his vocal advocacy for a number of causes and his many brushes with the law. Born in Toronto, Singh is now based out of Montreal. There, he is involved with migrants' rights groups such as No One Is Illegal and Solidarity Across Borders.

Singh first came into the public eye after he was arrested at the 1997 APEC summit in Vancouver. Although he was charged with assault, his case was later dismissed without going to trial. He also attended (and faced charges for participating in) protests at the 2000 G20 summit in Montreal and the 2001 Quebec City Summit of the Americas.

Singh took part in a violent protest against a speech by Israel's Benjamin Netanyahu at Concordia University in September 2002. He was acquitted by a lower court on several charges, including illegal assembly, mischief and conspiracy, but lost his case on appeal.

"Somebody asked me, 'Who's going to tear [the fence] down?'" he told reporters after receiving his sentence.

"I said, 'Why do you have to ask me that? I think we should all be part of tearing down that fence.' And I think a year later what I said there still applies. I don't regret that."

Singh, who pleaded guilty  to counselling to commit mischief over $5,000, was also facing conspiracy charges but that was withdrawn by the Crown.

Singh is a community organizer with the Anti-Capitalist Convergence as well as the group No One Is Illegal-Montreal.

The Crown was calling for a six-month sentence.

24 of 1,100 arrested plead guilty

Some 1,100 people were arrested in protests during the G20 summit, which was held in Toronto on June 26 and 27. Newly released figures by Ontario's attorney general show that of that number, only 317 were charged with G20-related offences.

Of those charged, 24 have pleaded guilty, and 187 have had their charges stayed, dismissed or withdrawn.

Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty, meanwhile, is still refusing to apologize for passing a secret law governing police powers during last year's G20 summit in Toronto.

But McGuinty said Tuesday even though he personally invited protesters to Queen's Park, where many videos show police beating people and roughing them up, he won't say "sorry."

McGuinty admits his government should have done a better job communicating the law they passed for the G20, but says that's all he's responsible for.

The premier also rejects the idea of calling a public inquiry into the G20 weekend, saying if there is to be an inquiry it would be up to Prime Minister Stephen Harper to call it because it was the federal government's summit.

With files from The Canadian Press