OTTAWA — Pat King, a prominent figure facing criminal charges for his role in last winter’s so-called “Freedom Convoy” protests, is trying again to get out on bail after almost four months behind bars.
The 44-year-old Alberta man appeared in Superior Court in Ottawa on Wednesday, where he was seeking bail after a prior decision to deny his release from jail while he awaits trial for his alleged role in the convoy demonstrations.
Evidence presented during the hearing cannot be reported because of a court-ordered publication ban. King’s bail review is scheduled to continue Thursday, with a decision on his bid for release to come next week.
A figure of the far-right online, King was one of the organizers of the convoy of trucks that drove to Ottawa and occupied the streets around Parliament Hill from late January. Riot squads and tow trucks cleared the protests three weeks later, after the federal government gave police and banks special temporary powers under the Emergencies Act.
King livestreamed his arrest on Feb. 18 and was denied bail one week later, after an Ontario Court justice concluded there was a “substantial likelihood” he could reoffend and that his release would harm perceptions of the administration of justice.
He is charged with mischief, obstructing a peace officer, counselling others to commit mischief, counselling to commit intimidation, counselling to obstruct police, and blocking or obstructing one or more highways.
In April, during his first bid to appeal that bail decision and get out of jail, King was also charged with obstruction of justice and perjury.
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