BREAKING: Convoy organizer Pat King released on bail, being sent back to Alberta

The Monday morning decision by an Ottawa judge comes following a two-day bail review hearing last week. Per the request of King's lawyer, there is a publication ban on the evidence and reasons for the decision.

BREAKING: Convoy organizer Pat King released on bail, being sent back to Alberta
Reuters / Patrick Doyle
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Pat King, a prominent figure throughout Ottawa's Freedom Convoy protests, has been granted bail after spending five months in jail.

He has been ordered to vacate Ottawa and return to his home province of Alberta as soon as possible.

The Monday morning decision by an Ottawa judge comes following a two-day bail review hearing last week. Per the request of King's lawyer, there is a publication ban on the evidence and reasons for the decision.

King's previous bail review in April came to an abrupt end due to new charges against him and a purported hacking of his lawyer's computer during the review. King has since obtained a new lawyer to fight for his release and defend him against a series of charges.

King was arrested on February 18 on four charges: mischief, counselling to commit mischief, counselling to commit the offence of disobeying a court order and counselling to obstruct police. He faces additional charges of obstructing justice and perjury.

The conditions of King's release are as follows:

  • To vacate Ottawa as soon as possible, and no later than 24 hours.
  • To reside with a surety under supervision until he can take a flight to Edmonton.
  • Ottawa Police Service can check the surety's residence if required.
  • To reside with a surety in Alberta.
  • To be in employment under a surety.
  • To have no contact or communication with other Freedom Convoy leaders and stakeholders: Chris Barber, Tamara Lich, Daniel Bulford, Benjamin Dichter, James Bauder, Tyson Billings, Owen Swiderski, Tom Marrazzo, and Brian Carr. (Unless it's through counsel, or for his preparations for defence for his criminal charges.)
  • No protesting or public assembly, specifically related to COVID-19 pandemic, the Freedom Convoy and anti-government demonstration.
  • No social media in any form, no posting messages or having others post on his behalf.
  • To abide by a curfew of 10 p.m. to 6 a.m., unless he's with sureties.
  • King must post a $25,000 cash bond, to guarantee his next court appearance.
  • No possession of weapons or ammunition.

Per the CBC, in June, a pastor who tries visiting regularly with King in jail at the Ottawa-Carleton Detention Centre said King was "pretty beat down."

In August of last year, Rebel News debunked a series of false claims by King that he had single-handedly defeated Alberta Health Services in court, subsequently ending requirements for "masking, shots, quarantine in Alberta." It appeared that King misunderstood words used by the judge and what those terms meant within the context of the law.

Convoy organizer Tamara Lich is still in jail and will remain there until at least July 25 after being arrested again in Medicine Hat, Alberta on June 27 for allegedly violating her own bail conditions.

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