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On February 7, Pastor James Coates of GraceLife Church held church as usual. After the service, RCMP presented him with an undertaking to cease breaching the public health orders. He did not agree to the undertaking. At that point, the RCMP were supposed to take him before a Justice of the Peace. They did not. Coates again held church on Feb 14. On Monday, Feb 15, the RCMP asked Coates to turn himself in. Coates did. The RCMP charged him with breaching the public health orders and with breaching an undertaking. There was a bail hearing. The Crown Prosecutor asked the court to keep Coates in jail until his trial (a date not yet known). The JP disagreed and ordered Coates released. However, a condition of the release order was that Coates stop holding church. Coates could not, in good conscience, agree to that condition. Without agreeing to the condition, he cannot be released. He is therefore still in jail and will remain there until agreeing to the condition or an appeal of his condition is heard and is successful. A trial date has not yet been set, but will in the coming week or so.
He is being represented by the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedom.
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