September 13, 2021
Calgary Pastor Artur Pawlowski, who repeatedly broke COVID-19 lockdown regulations, should go to jail for 21 days, court heard Monday.
And his brother, David, should spend 10 days behind bars, lawyers argued.
The Pawlowskis were arrested in May and accused of organizing an illegal gathering as well as promoting and attending an illegal gathering.
The vehicle was stopped in the middle of 17 Ave. S.E., where both men were cuffed and carried to police cruisers.
As he was being cuffed, Pawlowski called the officers :”Gestapo physcopaths.”
He refuses to stand yelling: “Do it the Nazi style. Taser me!” He’ was then dragged away.
In April, Pawlowski had his Easter service interrupted by Calgary police and provincial health authorities.
“It is … reasonable to assert that the respondents’ breach on May 8 posed a risk to the public health, given the ongoing presence of the pandemic,” said lawyer John Siddons.
“(Alberta Health Services) also underscores that the respondents’ breach of the court order was done in a publicly defined manner which was recorded and posted to Artur Pawlowski’s social media account … effectively publicizing his breach of the order to the world at large.
“These proceedings have given him a degree of fame that has allowed him to travel throughout North America on tour,” said Siddons.
“Furthermore, his comments can also be interpreted as inciting others to engage in the same form of disobedience that he participated in.”
AHS also want Artur fined $2,000 and $15,000 in costs.