In essence, the judges ruled that Pawlowski and his brother’s jail time, arrests, and charges along with the censorship mandate by the court were not valid.
The Pawlowskis made international headlines after they were arrested in a highway takedown in May 2021 for holding worship services contrary to Alberta’s COVID rules affecting church service capacity limits. The Pawlowskis served three nights in jail before being released on bail.
They were jailed under a court injunction dated May 6, 2021, by Alberta Chief Justice J. Rooke, who placed a ban on “illegal” protests in Alberta against COVID mandates.
Today, the appeals panel ruled that Rooke’s injunction “was not sufficiently clear and unambiguous.”
The judges wrote, “The legal issue before us, however, as before the chambers judge, is whether the injunction applied to the Pawlowskis such that they could be found in contempt of it. Without condoning the actions of the Pawlowskis, we turn to that question.”
“The Alberta Court of Appeal just destroyed Jason Kenney’s two-year persecution of Pastor Artur Pawlowski,” tweeted John Burke.
“This is a victory for free speech, freedom of religion, and civil liberties in Canada. Pastor Artur Pawlowski is free. The Alberta Court rules that his prosecution and unfair treatment are illegal. Important win for Canada,” tweeted Rebel News content editor William Diaz-Berthiaume.
Olympic gold medalist and former NHL Canadian hockey legend Theo Fleury tweeted, “Congrats to Pastor Arthur for your courage strength and perseverance.”
“You were and always will be on the right side of history,” he added.
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