Canadian Pastor Who Was Arrested And Jailed For Defying COVID Wins Legal Case

Mary Rooke Commentary and Analysis Writer
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Canadian pastor Artur Pawlowski won his appeals case against the Alberta Health Services (AHS) for being fined, arrested, and jailed during Canada’s Covid-19 lockdown.

The Alberta Court of Appeal granted Artur Pawlowski and his brother, Dawid Pawlowski, appeals, striking down the contempt and sanction orders against the brothers and requiring the AHS to refund the fines paid by the brothers, Rebel News reported Friday.

“The chambers judge awarded costs to AHS payable by the Pawlowskis jointly in the amount of $15,733.50,” the Canadian Court’s decision stated. “That costs award is set aside and the Pawlowskis are awarded their costs payable by AHS in the proceedings below and in this Court calculated on the same basis.”

Artur Pawlowski, the pastor of Street Church in Canada, and his brother launched the appeal against the contempt and sanction injunction ordered in May 2021 by Canadian Justice Adam Germain. (RELATED: Major Internet Outage In Canada Leaves Thousands Without Ability To Call 911)

These orders prevented the brothers from leaving the Alberta province except for medical reasons or family emergencies. They required them to cite a government-approved disclaimer before being allowed to proclaim their personal views in public.

Artur Pawlowski was arrested in February for participating in an anti-Covid vaccine mandate protest near the Coutts border in Alberta, Canada. He was released on house arrest in March after spending 51 days in jail, reported Fox News.

Pawlowski told Fox News in April that he suffered abuse from officials while in the Canadian prison.

“They were punishing the entire prison because of me. And then they paraded me in front of the inmates, saying, ‘That’s the guy. You’re being punished because of him. So if you have a chance to do something, that’s the villain, that’s the guy,'” Pawlowski told the outlet. “I think that was the scariest time’.”