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OTTAWA (LifeSiteNews) – Pat King, a controversial figure connected to the Freedom Convoy, was granted bail today after spending five months in jail for his involvement with the protests.
Superior Court Justice Anne London-Weinstein announced the decision from an Ottawa courtroom early this afternoon.
As court proceedings were covered by a publication ban, details are slim on what happened inside the courthouse. However, the Canadian Press reported that King’s supporters inside the court were wearing “Free Pat King” t-shirts and some came to tears after the decision was made to free King.
King himself was reported to have tears in his eyes as London-Weinstein’s decision came down.
“King is shedding tears in the prisoner’s box as the bail decision is being read. As he awaits pre-trial hearings, King will return to Alberta and have to abide by a long list of conditions,” tweeted Cormac Mac Sweeney.
King has to pay $25,000 and has been ordered to leave Ottawa within 24 hours to return home to Alberta. He is mandated to live with a surety. He is not allowed to attend COVID public protests and is under curfew from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. unless he is with his sureties.
He is also banned from having any contact with Freedom Convoy leaders, notably Chris Barber, Benjamin Dichter, Tamara Lich, and Tom Marazzo, unless with a lawyer, and cannot use social media.
In February during the height of the Freedom Convoy, King told protesters to “Hold the line, ladies and gentlemen,” and to “not back down, we got your backs.”
He is currently facing 16 charges related to his involvement with the Freedom Convoy.
King has been wrongly attributed to be one of the main Freedom Convoy leaders by mainstream media.
According to True North’s Andrew Lawton, “the media keeps calling Pat King the ringleader of the convoy,” tweeted Lawton today.
“But in reality organizers told him to get lost when they realized he was toxic.”
Lawton recently published a book titled “The Freedom Convoy: The Inside Story of Three Weeks that Shook the World.” It is in this book where more details regarding King are revealed, says Lawton.
Nevertheless, some on social media noted that love or hate King, his elongated jailing for his participation in the Freedom Convoy is concerning.
“I am no fan of Pat King but 150 days of detention for a yet to be proven in court mischief charge is anything but normal in Canada. Chris Barber, Pat King and Tamara Lich are/were political prisoners and continue to be persecuted by the political establishment,” tweeted Syl Carle.
Freedom Convoy leader Tamara Lich is still behind bars after being denied bail for breaching the conditions of her initial release. She was jailed a second time in late June and faces a court bail hearing date of July 25.
Lich was first arrested February 17, only two days after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau enacted the Emergencies Act (EA), which he claimed was needed to deal with the Freedom Convoy protesters, who were demanding an end to all COVID mandates.
Trudeau revoked the EA on February 23.
Lich, along with Freedom Convoy organizer Barber, were charged with multiple offenses such as mischief and obstructing police for taking part in and organizing the Freedom Convoy.