Calgary Freeman wanted in alleged Montreal landlady assault

The man who an Alberta senior says claimed her rental property as a sovereign "embassy" had a warrant issued for his arrest in Quebec when he stopped showing up in the middle of his assault trial.

Warrant issued for tenant after he stopped showing up at an assault trial in Quebec

Who are Freemen?

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CBC speaks with a civil litigation lawyer about the Freemen movement and how to deal with it.

The man who an Alberta senior says claimed her rental property as a sovereign "embassy" had a warrant issued for his
arrest in Quebec when he stopped showing up in the middle of his assault trial.

The tenant, who goes by several aliases, was on trial in Montreal in May 2010 when media reports say he failed to show up and a warrant was issued.

The man who an Alberta senior says claimed her rental property as a sovereign "embassy" is wanted in Quebec after he stopped showing up in the middle of an assault trial. (YouTube)

The charges stemmed from a Sept. 20, 2007, incident in which a landlady was allegedly thrown down a flight of stairs and broke several bones.

The man in that case also claimed the landlady's residence was an embassy as part of a sovereign movement, according to reports from the trial.

He and a co-accused faced a number of charges including aggravated assault, according to the reports.

Alberta senior Rebekah Caverhill has been locked in a two-year battle with the man, who she says identified himself as a follower of the Freemen-on-the-Land movement, changed the locks on the house and has refused to leave.

Caverhill says she has been billed for renovations the man did inside the home and that he had a lien placed on the property.

The tenant did not respond to an email request from The Canadian Press for a comment on the Quebec warrant. 

Requests for comment from CBC News on the tenant's doorstep also went unanswered. 

A Calgary police official declined to comment on the Quebec warrant. A police spokesman said earlier this week it was consulting with Alberta Crown prosecutors office about whether criminal charges could be laid in the case.

Tenant ordered out

Meanwhile, the tenant was ordered in Calgary court Tuesday to vacate Caverhill's rental property by 12:01 a.m. Saturday.

A representative for the tenant appeared before Court of Queen's Bench Master Judith Hanebury. A master is a judicial official that handles matters in civil court that would otherwise fall to a judge.

With her long fight to get a self-declared Freeman out of her rental property now over, Rebekah Caverhill says her half-duplex in Parkdale is filled with old computer equipment, Freemen manifestos and garbage. (Jeff McIntosh/Canadian Press)

The representative initially refused to give his name in court. 

"He [the tenant] is in lock down," the representative said. "This has been turned into an international incident. There have been several thousand death threats."

"What is your birth name?" Hanebury asked. "I want the name on your birth certificate."

The representative replied: "I'm not that name."

Hanebury ruled the representative was not eligible to appear on behalf of the tenant.

"I can't hear from you if you won't give your name," said Hanebury, who approved an eviction order.

The Law Society of British Columbia and B.C. Notaries have both issued warnings about Freemen. In a bulletin last year, the society said the group may number as many as 30,000 in Canada.

RCMP and the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police are developing awareness materials for front line officers and the movement is the subject of upcoming policing seminars in Vancouver and Toronto.

The FBI considers the movement a domestic terror threat in the U.S. but a Freemen-on-the-Land spokesman told The Canadian Press earlier this month that violence is not advocated and has no place in the movement.

With files from CBC News