Court denies bail to Ammon Bundy & 3 others as Oregon occupation continues

Published on RT, Jan 30, 2016.

A federal court judge in Portland has denied bail to Ammon Bundy and three of his cohorts as the occupation of a federal wildlife refuge building in Burns, Oregon continues. The FBI says four people remain there as the protest hits its fourth week.

The leader of the group of armed men that occupied the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, Ammon Bundy, as well as his brother Ryan, Brian Cavalier, and Ryan Payne, were all denied release on Friday. US Magistrate Judge Stacie Beckerman said that they posed a danger to public safety and were considered a flight risk, as she was concerned they would not follow orders to return to Oregon for criminal proceedings … //

… In a Friday court filing, prosecutors said Ammon Bundy, his brother Ryan, and other occupiers “have long been associated with armed conflicts with the federal government and have repeatedly rejected the authority of the federal government, making them unsuitable for court-ordered supervision,” according to The Oregonian.

As an example, they cited the participation of Ammon Bundy and others in an armed standoff with the government over grazing rights, which was led by the Bundys’ father, Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy.

The charges against the defendants state that the refuge’s 16 employees have been prevented from reporting to work because of threats of violence

Ammon Bundy’s lawyer told the court that her client was “not an anarchist; he believes in government,” that he was not aligned with those remaining at the refuge, and wants to go back to his family in Idaho.

“He is done in Harney County; his message has been sent,” she said, according to the AP.

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