A member of the Canadian Armed Forces has been charged with mutiny for speaking out against the COVID-19 vaccine and urging colleagues to not help with distribution.
Officer Cadet Ladislas Kenderesi has been charged with one count of persuading another person to join in a mutiny and one count of behaving in a scandalous manner unbecoming of an officer, according to the Ottawa Citizen.
Kenderesi was filmed at an anti-lockdown rally in Toronto on Dec. 5, 2020, where he spoke of “poison” vaccines to other service members.
“I'm asking military right now who are serving: truck drivers, medical, engineers, whatever you are — do not take this unlawful order in distribution of this vaccine," the speaker said. "I might be in a lot of s*** for doing this, but I don't care anymore.”
Supporters of Kenderesi have launched a crowdfund for his legal fees, claiming that he was speaking out against what they called “experimental gene therapy” during the event.
“I'm just saying a small prayer for myself, and a prayer for Canada and Canadians, that hopefully, my efforts and what I have done is not in vain,” Kenderesi stated in a video attached to the GoFundMe page, which has also been deleted.
Rory Fowler, a retired lieutenant-colonel, and lawyer claimed the clip stunned military members.
“There was near-universal condemnation and bewilderment at the things that he was saying and how he was portraying himself,” Fowler said.
Kenderesi will be subject to a court-martial, which Fowler stated he does not expect the process to begin until late 2021, or early 2022.
Fowler and Christian Leuprecht, a professor at the Royal Military College of Canada and Queen's University said the charge of mutiny came as a surprise, with Fowler admitting that he could not recall the charge being imposed since the 1950s.
Under the country’s military law, mutiny carries a maximum sentence of life imprisonment, but Fowler claims this is unlikely, and that Kenderesi will most likely be fined.