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‘Freedom Convoy’ organizer Pat King in court for bail review

OTTAWA — Freedom Convoy organizer Pat King is waiting to hear if he will be released on bail, with the bail review set to continue for a second day Thursday.

OTTAWA — Freedom Convoy organizer Pat King is waiting to hear if he will be released on bail, with the bail review set to continue for a second day Thursday.

He was back in an Ottawa courtroom on Wednesday after a previous hearing in April was abruptly and unexpectedly cut short when his lawyer’s computer appeared to have been hacked.

Since then, King has brought in a new lawyer to fight for his release and defend him against a growing number of charges.

The day after the April hearing, the Crown announced that it was charging King with three counts each of perjury and obstruction of justice.

Details of the testimony that led to these allegations are protected by a publication ban.

Wednesday’s proceedings were also covered by a publication ban.

The latest charges are in addition to 10 charges related to King’s involvement in the downtown Ottawa protest earlier this year.

Previous charges include mischief, intimidation, obstructing police and disobeying a court order.

King was arrested Feb. 18 for his involvement in the three-week protest against COVID-19 restrictions that took to the streets of Ottawa.

This report from The Canadian Press was first published on July 13, 2022.

This story was produced with the financial assistance of Meta and the Canadian Press News Fellowship.

Erika Ibrahim, The Canadian Press