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Techie held on G20-related charges not a usual suspect

Byron Sonne once joked he was the last guy counter-terror security officials would likely be interested in investigating.

Byron Sonne once joked he was the last guy counter-terror security officials would likely be interested in investigating.

The 37-year-old is white, middle-aged and shares a million-dollar home with his artist wife.

The thin, nebbish and slightly balding computer specialist enjoys mountain biking in his spare time and he belongs to a group called HackLab, a non-profit for Toronto techies who delight in everything from building LED signs to developing encryption codes that protect against hackers.

Sonne was arrested on Tuesday after police converged on his Forest hill home. Sonne now faces a slew of charges, the most serious of which is possession of an explosive.

Police will only say that Sonne was arrested on G20-related charges. At his bail hearing yesterday, he appeared tired yet calm, but when he walked out of the courtroom, his hands cuffed behind his back, he appeared to wink at a row of reporters in the room.

For friends and acquaintances, perhaps it is this tendency for mischief that has landed Sonne in hot water. With the entire city tense in anticipation of the G20 summit, some of Sonne’s colleagues wonder whether security officials might have over-reacted to the stunts of an “agent provocateur.”

 
 
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