BOSTON (WHDH) - A Malden man accused of participating in the Jan. 6 riots at the U.S. Capitol has been released from jail.
Mark Sahady, 46, appeared in Boston federal court on Thursday after his arrest on Tuesday and was ordered not to travel outside the state without permission, according to the conditions of his release.
Sahady is a political activist and one of the leaders of the group that organized Boston’s “Straight Pride Parade.” He was arrested and charged with entering a restricted building and disorderly conduct.
In addition to the conditions of his release, he is not allowed to participate in political rallies without permission and must stay away from the State House.
Conditions his lawyer, Rinaldo Del Gallo, said will silence his freedom of speech.
“We believe that there was viewpoint discrimination that they are basically punishing him for his political beliefs, basically supporting Trump, basically believing the election was obtained through fraud and irregularities,” Del Gallo said.
He will have to travel to D.C. for his next hearing.
Following the deadly Capitol riot, the FBI released photos of Sahady and a 59-year-old Natick town meeting member Suzanne Ianni.
Ianni is also tied to the group advocating for the “straight community” and is also facing the same charges.
She was able to leave the courthouse Tuesday and has been ordered to stay away from the State House and protests.
Despite the photographic evidence, Del Gallo said Sahady is innocent.
“They just have two photos. Just a photo of Mark Sahady being inside the interior of the Capitol does not show that he committed a crime,” he said.
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