Authorities at a pre-trial detention centre have violated the charter rights of purported gang leader Jamie Bacon, B.C. Supreme Court Justice Mark McEwan said yesterday.

In a written ruling, McEwan says authorities at the Surrey Pre-trial Centre have repeatedly violated Bacon’s rights by basically acting as agents for police.

The judge denounces the warden for keeping Bacon in segregation for 23 hours a day, denying him visitors and limiting his access to legal counsel.

He’s ordered the pre-trial centre to restore Bacon’s visiting and phone privileges, ensure his access to counsel, and grant him privileges such as gym time available to other prisoners.