Suspected arsonist from former Parliament released on bail | Narooma News

A Victorian man charged with arson and damaging Commonwealth property following a fire in Canberra’s old parliament has been released on bail.

The 30-year-old appeared via video link on Tuesday from Canberra prison, where he was in pre-trial detention.

His bail conditions include that he reports to the nearest police station to his home in Gippsland once a week, does not enter ACT except for legal purposes, and reports to court in ACT when required to do so.

A removal order was granted to prevent the man’s name from being made public for fear of reprisal for his alleged actions.

A woman claiming to belong to “the sovereign nation of Terra Australis” applied to represent the man in court, but was unsuccessful.

He is represented by Legal Aid.

The case will return to court on February 1.

About one to two dozen supporters gathered outside the courtroom, draped in native clothing and traditional animal clothing.

They held a smoking ceremony in which they were first greeted by 10 police officers who then returned to the post across the road after speaking with some of them.

Some protesters appeared to be part of a sovereign citizen movement and told reporters that the police did not have the jurisdiction to engage with them.

Members of the Native Tent Embassy, ​​set up opposite the building nearly five decades ago, condemned last week’s blaze.

Community elders also expressed concern about a recently set up anti-vaccination camp near the tented embassy.

Associated Australian Press

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