G20 detainee Sonne free on bail

Byron Sonne, the man who was charged with explosives and weapons offences in the days leading up to last year's G20 summit in Toronto, has been released on bail.
Byron Sonne was released on bail on Wednesday. ((CBC) )

Byron Sonne, the man who was charged with explosives and weapons offences in the days leading up to last year’s G20 summit in Toronto, has been released on bail.

Outside the court, Sonne told reporters he was relieved to be released.

"Eleven months has been a very long time, very difficult time," Sonne told CBC News. "The loss of my freedom, the suffering and loss of people very close to me and dear that I wish I could be with.

"Having said that, I've been blessed with a great deal of support. A staggering amount of support from around the world."

A judge issued a release order Wednesday for Sonne, 38, who has spent 11 months in jail on G20-related charges after being arrested last June.

Sonne was released on $250,000 bail and must remain under virtual house arrest at his parents' home in Brampton, Ont.

He had to agree to restrictions on his internet access, can only use a computer for work and is banned from using social media websites.

He is also forbidden to go to his Forest Hill home that he shared with his former wife. Details of Wednesday's bail hearing are covered by a publication ban.

Sonne was arrested in June 2010 and charged with possession of explosives for an unlawful purpose, possession of dangerous weapons and intimidation of a justice system participant by threat and mischief.

Four of those charges were later dropped by the Crown. Sonne still faces one charge of possession of materials used to make explosives and another charge of counselling to commit mischief.

Police have alleged that Sonne, an independent internet security expert, planned to detonate a homemade explosive device in downtown Toronto while leaders were in town for the G20 summit.

His supporters, many of whom attended court on Wednesday, insist Sonne is not violent but was instead trying to test how far police would infringe on civil liberties in the name of security.

When asked what he'd do first after nearly a year in jail, Sonne said he would head for the coffee shop.

"I'm gonna go for a double-tall, whole-milk latte at Starbucks and hug my mom and dad a few more times."

His trial on those charges is set for Nov. 7.