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Man arrested after protest released

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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -  A man arrested at this weekend's protest outside of Fort Benning is now facing federal charges for the second time.

Michael Walli is one of four people arrested for crossing onto post during a protest and he is the only one who refused to post bond.

61-year-old Walli from Minnesota is charged with trespassing and unlawfully reentering a United States Military Installation- a Class B misdemeanor federal charge.

Walli was convicted in 2004 on the same charge after the protest of WHINSEC, formerly the School of the Americas.

He refused to agree to any of the terms set by a Magistrate Judge in U.S. District Court Monday and said he hopes his arrest draws attention to the crimes he was protesting against.

"The judge has ordered that he be released. The judge has further informed him that if he does not appear for the trial that the court will issue a warrant for his arrest. The court also informed him if the reason he may not be able to appear is financial, then he could surrender himself to the probation service," said Ruth O'Neill, Mr. Walli's appointed counsel for his initial court appearance.

If convicted again, Walli faces up to six months in prison and/or a fine up to $5000.

Bench trials for all four of the protest arrests are set for January 25th, 2010.


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