The only person charged under a controversial G20 regulation appeared in court yesterday to discover his charges have mysteriously disappeared.

Dave Vasey, 31, was exploring the G20 security perimeter June 24 when he was arrested and charged under a temporary regulation.

The regulation, which was quietly passed by the province under the 1939 Public Works Protection Act, designated the security zone around the Metro Convention Centre as a “public work” and empowered police to search anyone attempting to enter the perimeter.

Vasey was taken to the Eastern Avenue detention centre and released after being given a summons to appear in court yesterday.

But to his surprise, when Vasey arrived at Old City Hall yesterday morning, the court had no information on his charges. This means Vasey is now free from his charges, said his lawyer, Howard Morton.

Morton said he is baffled as to why the charges have suddenly disappeared.

“There are only two possibilities. The first is, there never was a charge,” said Morton. “The only other possibility that I can think of is that the government simply didn’t want any further embarrassment over this regulation that was passed in secret and simply decided not to pursue it.”