A person walks among trucks as Wellington Street is lined with trucks once again after city officials negotiated to move some trucks towards Parliament and away from downtown residences, on the 18th day of a protest against COVID-19 measures that has grown into a broader anti-government protest, in Ottawa, on Monday, Feb. 14, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang

‘Freedom Convoy’ leader Pat King’s legal team in flux, still ‘shopping for lawyers’

‘Freedom Convoy’ leader Pat King’s legal team in flux, still ‘shopping for lawyers’

OTTAWA — A key figure in the “freedom convoy” that gridlocked downtown Ottawa earlier this year to protest against COVID-19 restrictions is still looking for lawyers to represent him at trial.

Pat King, who has been in custody since his Feb. 18 arrest, told a virtual hearing in Ontario court today that he is currently “shopping for lawyers.”

Crown attorney Moiz Karimjee says he is concerned about the time King has been taking to secure lawyers on the record.

King has said in past court appearances that it has been hard to connect with legal counsel while he has been in custody.

He also says he has two new lawyers to represent him for his bail review, although neither of them were at the appearance today.

King, who is facing 10 charges related to his alleged role organizing the Ottawa protests, including mischief, intimidation, obstructing police and disobeying a court order, is scheduled to return to court later this month.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published April 4, 2022.

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

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