A 27-year-old New York City man accused of multiple offences during the Toronto G20 Summit, and who voluntarily surrendered to Toronto police on Tuesday, was released on bail this morning.
Joel Saleem Bitar returned to Canada from the U.S. to face 24 charges from alleged incidents that occurred during the two-day international summit in 2010. Two additional charges that he had been originally facing were dropped.
Bitar is accused of causing more than $400,000 in damage during the summit in downtown Toronto that was plagued by violent protests and concerns about police conduct.
After appearing before the court, he was released on $100,000 bail and is allowed to return to New York while he awaits trial. As part of his release, Bitar must adhere to a list of conditions, including not contacting other protesters.
His next court date is set for the end of April.
More than 1,100 people were taken into custody during the G20 Summit. Most were released without charges but more than 40 people have been successfully prosecuted.