Bitcoin donation freeze was unlawful, Canada judge rules

Ottawa acted against the constitution when it froze bitcoin and other assets in an attempt to end 2022 anti-government protests, a federal judge ruled Tuesday. The Canadian government will appeal the decision, Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland said. 

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau invoked the 1988 Emergencies Act in February 2022 for the first time in the country’s history in an effort to clear the “Freedom Convoy” and block financial support to the protesters. 

In a decision released Tuesday after three days of arguments in court last April, Justice Richard Mosley said Trudeau’s administration acted outside their authority. 

“I have concluded that the decision to issue the…

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