Pastor Artur Pawlowski will remain behind bars as a Canadian political prisoner after being denied bail on Wednesday in his first court appearance since his Feb. 8 arrest.
Pawlowski, who has been held in solitary confinement since his arrest, was grabbed by cops last week at his home in Calgary as he was preparing to deliver a church service to truckers with the Freedom Convoy in Alberta. He was charged with mischief, interfering with critical infrastructure and not keeping the peace.
According to the Calgary Sun, the court appearance was held virtually with provincial court Judge Erin Olsen denying Pawlowski bail which keeps him from his wife and children.
“I have concluded that the Crown’s … grounds (for seeking detention) are substantial and that there is a substantial likelihood that the accused will, if released from custody, continue on offending, or interfering with the administration of justice,” Olsen said.
Olsen added: “The accused’s pattern of behavior speaks volumes about his willful commission of offences and/or violations of court and public health orders. His conduct, if proven at trial, has contributed to enormous economic harm to the local, provincial and national economy and substantial community harm to ordinary Canadians.”
This was the fifth arrest of Pawlowski over the last two years as Canada has targeted him for feeding the homeless and opening church. The latest arrest stems from a speech he gave to truckers two weeks ago in which the government claims he incited violence despite Pawlowski stressing several times in the speech that the Freedom Convoy needs to remain a nonviolent protest.
“The question here is what does the crown define as a crime. Is feeding the homeless a crime? Is opening your church a crime? Is refusing to participate in arbitrary health restrictions and orders that have been implemented by unelected officials and that have not stood the test of court, and have refused to stand the test of court, really a crime that merits a pastor being held right there in the Calgary Remand Centre indefinitely, denied bail like a criminal, like a gangster? All of this, all of this malice directed towards a pastor?” Soos said.
Soos added: “Pastor Artur Pawlowski will be the first person to say that he knows that he can rub people the wrong way. He knows his preaching style is not absolutely for everyone. But Pastor Artur Pawlowski is not a criminal. He is a pastor. This is a categorical miscarriage of justice, plain and simple.”
Rebel News continues to raise funds for Pawlowski’s legal defense at saveartur.com.
Ezra Levant, founder of Rebel News, noted the “gaslighting” campaign now afoot by Canadian politicians now claiming to be for freedom, such as so-called “conservative” politicians like Calgary Premier Doug Ford and Alberta Premier Jason Kenney. Both have been among the most authoritarian politicians in Canada over the last two years.
“I remind you, though, that Pastor Artur Pawlowski is still in prison in solitary confinement today and that Jason Kenney, despite saying the vaccine passport is over, is still providing QR codes and the government database to support vaccine passports in private companies,” Levant said. “Jason Kenney has not taken his foot off of the neck of freedom in Alberta. But boy, he wants you to think he has because he sees the reckoning coming. These truckers have done more for our freedom than anyone else over these last two years.”
Pawlowski’s next court hearing will be March 11, according to Rebel News.
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