Alberta pastor will be jailed until May trial for holding services: judge

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An Alberta justice of the Court of Queen’s Bench in Edmonton has ruled on Friday that James Coates, the pastor of Grace Life Church, will remain imprisoned for the next eight weeks until his trial date. “BREAKING NEWS: Alberta court jails Pastor Coates through to May 3-5 trial Justice Peter Michalyshyn of the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench in Edmonton has ruled that Pastor James Coates of Grace Life Church must remain in jail pending his trial,” tweeted the Justice Center for Constitutional Freedoms. Pastor Coates had been arrested for violating the terms of his bail, and had been initially charged with violating the province’s lockdown measures, which completely prohibit churches to be open. The terms of his bail would have effectively shut the church down. The Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms is a Canadian activist organization that stands up for people like Pastor Coates. In fact, they have been providing him with legal representation in this case, and are very disappointed at this decision.

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