EXCLUSIVE: The Polish-Canadian pastor who has been repeatedly arrested for holding church companies in Calgary, Alberta, mentioned Canadian border police confiscated his belongings and apparently broke into his private pc.

When Pastor Artur Pawlowski landed again in his house metropolis of Calgary on Monday following a four-month tour of the United States, customs officers have been ready to cuff him on the tarmac for 2 legal costs, he advised Fox News in an interview.

“They have fallen to a new low,” Pawlowski mentioned of the Canadian authorities. “Our lawyers contacted them and asked them if there are any pending warrants for me when I was in the states. They said that there are no pending warrants, there is nothing outstanding.”

Pawlowski had been touring all through the United States over the summer time to unfold his warning that Western governments more and more resemble the communist regime in Poland he fled as a younger man.

His tour adopted the worldwide consideration he acquired in April when officers went to his church in Canada throughout Holy Week to examine it for COVID-19 compliance. Because they entered the sanctuary armed and uninvited throughout a worship service, Pawlowski refused to talk with them.

Instead, he accused them of being “Nazis” and shouted them down till they agreed to go away. Video of the encounter went viral.

Three weeks later, officers returned with a court docket order authorizing them to entry Pawlowski’s church and arrest him if he didn’t comply. Again he demanded they depart the church property and make contact with his lawyer.

On May 8, a motorcade of Calgary police autos pulled over Pawlowski and his brother to arrest them in the course of a freeway on their method house from church.

This time, Pawlowski speculated that they misled his legal professionals earlier than activating legal costs in opposition to him Monday whereas he was within the air.

The first legal cost, Pawlowski defined, was levied in opposition to him for failing to put on a masks in public, regardless of a medical exemption from his physician. The second was for organizing an unlawful church gathering. Both have been associated to offenses in March and June.

In an interplay he characterised as an ambush, Pawlowski recounted how three officers demanded that he and his pilot step out of the airplane. He mentioned he heard one of many officers inform the pilot to give up his telephone, although the pilot refused and managed to file the incident.

Particularly troubling to Pawlowski was that he was not allowed to greet his household, who have been ready to see him for the primary time in months. His spouse, he mentioned, was notified of his arrest by reporters.

“That was the most brutal thing,” he mentioned. “That was Nazi-style, communist-style. Trying to break a man and his family and children by not allowing me to just even say hi after being away for so long.”

‘I’m not a terrorist’

Pawlowski mentioned authorities confiscated his baggage after they arrested him. Even after his lawyer secured his launch through the early morning hours on Tuesday, he mentioned police first denied they knew the place his possessions have been, although a reporter advised him he noticed his belongings being packed right into a police cruiser.

When he finally recovered them on the police station, he mentioned his issues had been marked with labels suggesting that authorities had rummaged by way of them. There have been additionally indications that his private laptop computer had been accessed. Normally locked by a passcode, he mentioned it was open when he received it again.

A spokesperson for the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) mentioned the company is certain by Canada’s Privacy Act to not touch upon particular people or conditions however directed Fox News to an internet site explaining the policies governing the CBSA’s skill to look at digital gadgets.

CBSA’s web site says brokers are approved to examine digital gadgets, and vacationers are obligated to conform to the purpose of surrendering passwords. Instances of digital gadgets being examined are extraordinarily uncommon, nonetheless, and the CBSA’s personal statistics declare it has occurred to solely .014% of those that handed by way of Canadian ports of entry from Nov. 20, 2017, to June 30, 2021.

“I don’t know what they were looking for,” Pawlowski mentioned. “I’m a pastor. I’m not a spy, and I’m not a terrorist. Everything that I do is public.”

‘The authorities needs to turn out to be God’

Sarah Miller, one in all Pawlowski’s attorneys, mentioned his remedy has been “unusual.”

“There was no need to do that at the airport,” she mentioned, including that police might as an alternative “call him in advance, tell him that they were coming over to lay criminal charges, meet him at his house, give him opportunity to access legal counsel and sign paperwork without having any detention.

“I believe that might be the abnormal method to do it,” she added. “But should you’ve been following Artur Pawlowski’s story, there’s nothing abnormal about the way in which he’s handled by officers.”

Since the pandemic, other churches in Canada and Alberta have faced imprisoned pastors, locked facilities, steep fines and continued interference from government officials.

Pawlowski believes churches and clergy are being targeted because they have historically opposed tyranny.

“Jesus Christ could be very clear,” the pastor said. “He says, ‘Who comes to me is free indeed.’ We preach freedom. We preach hope. When you do not have hope in society, then the individuals are turning for that hope to the federal government. I believe the federal government needs to turn out to be God, to be worshiped. And anybody else or anything that competes with that needs to be destroyed.”

‘They will come for you’

Pawlowski faces a court date on Oct. 13 regarding separate civil charges against him related to his church gatherings. His civil and criminal charges carry a maximum sentence of six years imprisonment, though his lawyer said such an outcome is “extremely unlikely.”

During his last hearing, prosecutors for Alberta Health Services (AHS) were seeking 21 days in jail and a fine of $2,000, plus $15,000 in legal costs.

Pawlowski is unsure of how the ruling will play out, but even if he has to return to prison, he remains hopeful.

“I’m optimistic that this story goes to finish effectively for me due to the strain proper now that the federal government has,” he mentioned, noting how his case has drawn the eyes of many Americans.

Eric Trump launched a statement Tuesday calling Pawlowski’s most up-to-date arrest “a real embarrassment to Canada.” In June, Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., called on the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) to consider adding Canada to its watch list because of how it is treating pastors.

“I actually assume that individuals will stand up and can come to my protection and, on the similar time, to their very own protection,” Pawlowski said. “Because pay attention very fastidiously: They got here for me, they’ll come for you. It’s only a matter of not if, however when.”