Truckers protest: Pat King released on bail


Protest truckers: Pat King is released on bail

Pat King was welcomed by fans who had been calling for his release for several months.

One ​​of the organizers of the Ottawa truckers' protest, Pat King, has been released on bail. The decision was released Monday morning by Justice Anne London-Weinstein of the Ontario Superior Court in Ottawa.

The contents of the proceedings are subject to a publication ban, except for the court's decision.

Judge London-Weinstein said that Mr. King must leave Ottawa within 24 hours to return to Alberta. Among the conditions of his release on bail, the defendant will not be able to use social networks and must refrain from participating in activities related to the truckers' convoy.

He is also prohibited from contacting, except in the presence of a lawyer, other convoy organizers, including Chris Barber, Benjamin Dichter, Tamara Lich and Tom Marazzo. He will also have to respect a curfew in Alberta, from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m.

Pat King was able to reconnect with his girlfriend after spending five months behind bars.

He is also prohibited from granting interviews, including on social media. He is also not allowed to possess weapons or ammunition.

Pat King nodded Monday morning as the judge read the conditions of his release. He wore a plaid shirt and his hair was tied in a long braid.

In the courtroom, supporters wore t-shirts that read: Free Pat King.

Mr. King's case was heard over two days last week after a bail review was halted in April because his lawyer's computer appeared to have been hacked.

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  • After more than 100 days in prison, Pat King feels “dejected”, according to those close to him

  • Six new charges brought against Pat King, one of the convoy organizers

  • The day after that April hearing, the Crown announced that it was bringing new charges against him: three counts of perjury and three counts of obstructing justice.

    These latest charges add to 10 counts related to Pat King's involvement in last winter's Ottawa protest against health restrictions, which stalled the city center of the federal capital for three weeks.

    He was already charged with, among other things, mischief, intimidation, obstructing the work of the police and disobeying a court order.

    Pat King supporters waited outside the Superior Court of Ontario, in Ottawa, to support him.

    In total, Pat King will have spent five months in prison. He had been arrested on February 18.

    With information from The Canadian Press and CBC


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