Alberta Radical Paster arrested in pipeline bombing but not charged in terrorism
WIEBO Ludwig, a former pastor in the Christian Reformed Church who heads a commune in northern Alberta, served time for bombing Alberta oil and gas wells has been arrested in connection with more recent bombings of EnCana pipelines in B.C., his lawyer says. (CBC)
He was convicted a decade ago on charges related to bombing and vandalism in the oil patch. Ludwig has made no secret of his disdain for the oil and gas industry. It was the largest domestic-terrorism probe on Canadian soil, with hundreds of investigators trying to discover who is responsible for half a dozen explosions on gas pipelines owned by EnCana Corp.
RCMP announced the arrest of Ludwig on Friday, they called it a major break.
No charges have been laid against Wiebo Ludwig, "That's going to be a wait-and-see situation," said Sgt. Tim Shields, media relations for the RCMP in B.C. "Charges have not been approved by Crown counsel in British Columbia and ultimately, they are the ones who have to make that decision as to whether or not charges are going to be approved."
Imagine; if Ludwig was a Muslim in beard (not Christian in beard), it would not take much time to announce him a Muslim terrorist and Osama of Canada.
In this case, RCMP has not named the man they arrested early Friday in connection with the bombings. All they said is that they arrested a man in his 50s or 60s and were conducting a large search of an Alberta farm near Hythe, Alta., about 400 kilometres northwest of Edmonton, near the B.C.-Alberta border.
Earlier in the day, Ludwig's lawyer, Paul Moreau, confirmed his client was in custody and said he expected Ludwig would be charged with extortion.
Moreau said Ludwig was arrested at a hotel in Grande Prairie, Alta., on Friday morning after going there voluntarily to meet with a senior RCMP officer.
Ludwig spent nearly two years in prison after being convicted on charges related to the bombing of oil and gas installations in Alberta in the 1990s.
Since October 2008, there have been six pipeline bombings in the Tomslake area of British Columbia, near Dawson Creek, targeting the facilities of the Calgary-based energy company EnCana.
Before the first attack, someone sent a handwritten letter to local news media demanding a stop to oil and gas operations.
The letter called EnCana and other companies "terrorists" that are "endangering our families with crazy expansion of deadly gas wells."
The note was followed by three successive explosions, two of which caused leaks of sour gas. Reserves in the Tomslake area are mostly sour gas, which contains hydrogen sulphide that can be deadly in high concentrations if released into the air.
At the time of the sixth and most recent blast in July 2009, the RCMP labelled the attacks "domestic terrorism." Residents of the town of Tomslake faced heightened scrutiny by the RCMP during the investigation over the past 15 months.
The bogey of “domestic terrorism” has fizzled out in the absence of arrest of any “Muslim terrorist”
UPDATED: Wiebo Ludwig returned to his northwestern Alberta farm after he was arrested in connection with a series of EnCana pipeline bombings and held in police custody for 24 hours.