OTTAWA (LifeSiteNews) – Veteran of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) James Topp, who walked across Canada to protest the injustice of government COVID mandates, is facing a court martial for speaking against vaccine mandates while in uniform.
According to The Canadian Press, Topp will have his case heard by a military court following being charged with two counts of conduct to the prejudice of good order and discipline after he criticized COVID-19 jab mandates while in uniform.
“It’s hard to know what they’re doing, because I don’t think they really know what they’re doing,” said Topp’s lawyer Phillip Millar. “But now they’re saying it’s a court martial.”
When he was first charged in February, Topp was offered a court martial only to have his case sent directly to his unit commanders as a summary trial. However, the Canadian military has apparently changed its decision again, allowing him to have his case in a military court.
A court martial could mean more severe penalties, including dismissal from the military with disgrace and up to two years in prison. However, it will also mean Topp can have legal representation at trial, and his case will receive increased media coverage.
“It opens the door for us to call witnesses about the decision to charge him,” Millar said. “It opens the door for us to call experts on whether or not there was any science behind the mandate.”
Inspired by the Freedom Convoy, Topp became a symbol of Canadian freedom as he trekked 2670 miles from Vancouver to Ottawa to protest for freedom. He arrived in Canada this past weekend, stopping at the city’s Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
“We have freedom here, but it is slowly being syphoned away,” said Topp. “But we are going to do something about it!”