September 28, 2022

Freedom Convoy organizer Pat King released on bail


Pat King, a Freedom Convoy organizer who paralyzed downtown Ottawa for three weeks last winter, has been released on bail.

The decision was released Monday in a courtroom in Ottawa by Superior Court Judge Anne London-Weinstein.

The proceedings were covered by a publication ban.

King nodded as the judge’s reasons were delivered, wearing a plaid shirt and his hair in a long braid.

In the courtroom, supporters wearing ‘Free Pat King’ T-shirts held tissues up to their eyes as the judge gave her ruling.

London-Weinstein said King will have to leave Ottawa within 24 hours to return to Alberta, where he will have to live on bail.

When he walked out of the courthouse, King was greeted with cheers and a chant of “freedom” from a dozen supporters. He responded by raising his fist in the air.

The conditions of King’s bail include a ban on using social media and refraining from participating in convoy-related activities.

King is also prohibited from contacting other convoy organizers, including Chris Barber, Benjamin Dichter, Tamara Lich and Tom Marazzo, except in the presence of an attorney.

He is also expected to abide by a 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. curfew.

Asked on the courthouse steps if King can meet the bail conditions, his lawyer, Natasha Calvinho, said: “I think he can. I think the five months in prison has been a difficult situation… I think he will.”

King was back in court last week after a hearing in April came to an abrupt halt when his lawyer’s computer appeared to have been hacked.

The day after the April hearing, the Crown announced that it was charging King with three counts each of perjury and obstruction of justice.

The latest charges are in addition to 10 charges related to King’s involvement in the events in Ottawa last winter.

Previous charges include mischief, intimidation, obstructing police and disobeying a court order.

Hundreds of large trucks and other trucks have caused traffic jams on the streets of downtown Ottawa for weeks as people protest COVID-19 health restrictions and the Liberal government.

This report from The Canadian Press was first published on July 18, 2022.