Man calls for judge’s arrest, gets trial date

A man accused of smuggling guns across the Osoyoos border called for the arrest of a Penticton judge

A man who allegedly attempted to smuggle guns across the border is calling for the arrest of a judge and Crown counsel.

Alex Louie, who has been in custody since his Feb. 1 arrest after being denied bail Feb. 2, stated in Penticton provincial court via video Wednesday “a warrant has been issued for the Crown,” asking federal Crown to state their name for the record and telling Judge Greg Koturbash he was “under arrest.”

“I arrest the Crown too,” Louie said.

The 49-year-old man is facing nine charges in connection with an alleged attempt to smuggle handguns across the Canada/U.S. border including two counts of smuggling goods into Canada and two counts of possession of a firearm without a license and/or registration.

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Louie did not answer any of Koturbash’s questions during a hearing slated to elect a mode of trial. Koturbash made two attempts to ask Louie what his preference was while Louie continued to talk through Koturbash’s instructions. Koturbash concluded a non-response would result in a Supreme Court judge and jury trial.

Louie repeatedly stated he has renounced his Canadian citizenship and questioned Koturbash as “executor of the trust.” He also cited the “cultural genocide of (his) people,” on a Kelowna court file number. The June, 2016 court file points to a driving while prohibited charge Louie was found guilty of and sentenced to 60 days in jail with a two-year driving prohibition.

“I command this court acquitted. There is no trust relationship. The trust has been severed and registered deceased. For and on public record, witnessed by everyone in this court. Unless you can prove there is a trust relationship, which is already registered deceased, there is no trust relationship,” Louie said.

Louie cited another court file number in Penticton, which online records point to as an application to “determine jurisdiction” filed by Louie, which was denied.

Louie is scheduled to appear in Penticton Supreme Court April 24 to fix a date for a trial.