Pastor Artur Pawlowski has been set free by a Lethbridge court judge after receiving a 61-day sentence that allowed for time he’d already served in prison for mischief related charges stemming from his involvement at the Coutts border freedom protest.
In May, Pawlowski was convicted of mischief for inciting truckers to maintain a blockade at the Canada-U.S. border crossing during the truckers’ anti-vaccine mandate protest that lasted for more than two weeks.
Pawlowski had delivering a sermon to the protesters at Coutts and encouraging them to continue protesting.
Sentencing for his conviction took place on Monday, where a judge gave him 60 days of prison time — retroactive to time he’d already spent behind bars.
Hundreds of supporters surrounded the courthouse while waiting to hear of Pawlowski’s sentence. Supporters cheered as Pawlowski walked free from the court.
Pawlowski has been in several conflicts with police in Calgary ever since he expelled police and public health officials from his Cave of Adullam church in 2021 while they were attempting to inspect it for COVID-19 compliance measures.
“I’m not ashamed of what I did. If I had a chance to do it again, I would do it again, gladly — I stood with the truckers, I stood with the farmers, I stood with Canadians,” he said in April.