Last year, Artur Pawlowski made international news for being a pastor persecuted by the Canadian government for hosting worship during Holy Week. He has since faced repeated arrests, jail, and heavy fines for daring to worship amidst the Canadian government’s crackdown on religious worship. But now Artur Pawlowski is not only free but vindicated upon appeal. Last year, Pawlowski, the minister of Calgary Street Church, was arrested by Calgary police in the middle of a highway on May 8th. The government charged him with contempt and mandated that he speak the government’s propaganda when ever he spoke out against Branch Covidianism.
On Friday, July 22nd, an appellate court in Alberta threw out the contempt conviction and ordered the government to pay legal costs of the Pawlowskis. Per the official ruling, it appears the Pawlowskis won on a technicality and not the premise that the Canadian government violated their rights.
The Pawlowski lawyer, who so happens to have pronouns in their Twitter tweeted out a celebration of the win.
It’s a slam dunk win. The Court of Appeal made a unanimous, sound decision and overturned the finding of contempt made against my client. https://t.co/dB43A10wne— Sarah Miller (she/her) (@SCM07) July 22, 2022
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