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06/30/2015 12:42 EDT | Updated 06/30/2016 01:12 EDT

Winnipeg man suspected of planning terrorism says Charter rights violated

WINNIPEG - The lawyer for a Winnipeg man suspected of planning terrorist activities says his client's Charter rights are being threatened.Leonard Tailleur is asking the court to determine whether federal authorities are being excessive in seeking a peace bond against his client, Aaron Driver.Driver is not facing any criminal charges, but authorities want to limit his activities on the suspicion that he may help a terrorist group or activity.Tailleur says trying to force Driver to wear an electronic-monitoring bracelet, not travel outside Manitoba and abide by other conditions goes against his rights to move freely within Canada.Driver, who is 23, was arrested earlier this month, released on bail, but was arrested again last Friday.The Crown and defence are working out a new plan to release Driver until a hearing on the peace bond application can be heard, possibly next month.Tailleur says he can accept some limitations on Driver while he is out on bail, but long-term conditions under a peace bond should not be restrictive.Published reports have said Driver posted messages on social media that praised terrorist activities, including the attack last October on Parliament Hill by Michael Zehaf-Bibeau.Tailleur said outside court that Driver is not a threat to the public and has no criminal record."He's never done anything except state things. He's used his voice to state things that maybe we don't like."