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A court martial was planned for soldiers who criticized the vaccination obligation and led the march to Ottawa.

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Army reservist James Topp speaks to the crowd during a protest against COVID-19 health measures at the National War Memorial in Ottawa, Ont. on Thursday, June 30, 2022. The Canadian soldier charged with speaking against federal vaccine mandates while wearing his uniform and who recently led a march to Ottawa is now facing a court martial.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Spencer Colby
Army Reserve James Top protests COVID-19 health measures at the National War Memorial Talk to the crowd inside the War Memorial in Ottawa, Ontario. Thursday, June 30, 2022. Canadian soldiers who recently marched to Ottawa, charged with speaking against federal vaccine orders in uniform, are now facing court martial arts. Canadian Press / Spencer ColbyPhoto by Spencer Colby/Canadian Press

Ottawa — Uniform He led the march to Canadian soldier Ottawa, who was charged with speaking against the federal vaccine obligations while wearing, and is currently facing court martial arts.

Warrant Officer James Top's lawyer said military reserves were recently allowed to hear his case in military courts rather than in his chain of command. Say you were notified.

Phillip Millar made this decision a second face only to cancel the offer and send his case to the commander of the unit after the military first offered a court martial to the client. Say to represent.

Topp was charged in February with two acts that upset order and discipline after publicly criticizing the requirements for a federal vaccine in uniform.

He later led a month-long march from Vancouver that ended in Ottawa last week, supported by many of the same organizers as this year's "Freedom Convoy."

Military law experts say the decision to allow a court martial raises Topp's stakes by increasing potential penalties if he is found guilty.

Still, they say, his trial also means getting more people's attention and being able to act as a statutory agent in the trial.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published on July 5, 2022.

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