CFB Borden-based military officer faces life in prison for anti-vaccine speech

CTV News – by Siobhan Morris

BARRIE, ONT. — A reserve cadet instructor based at CFB Borden faces the prospect of life in a military prison in Edmonton for what he allegedly said at an anti-COVID-19 rally.

Officer Cadet Ladislas Kenderesi faces charges under the National Defence Act of endeavouring to persuade another person to join in a mutiny and for behaving in a scandalous manner unbecoming of an officer. 

The charges stem from a speech at a Toronto rally on Dec. 5, 2020. In a clip of the event posted to YouTube, a man in uniform introduced as Kenderesi shared a message about “poison” vaccines with service members.

“I’m asking military right now who are serving: truck drivers, medical, engineers, whatever you are – do not take this unlawful order in distribution of this vaccine,” the speaker said. “I might be in a lot of shit for doing this, but I don’t care anymore.”

Rory Fowler, a retired Lieutenant Colonel and lawyer, says the clip stunned military members past and present.

“There was near-universal condemnation and bewilderment at the things that he was saying and how he was portraying himself,” Fowler says.

“It’s the sort of conduct that one does not expect from an officer of the Canadian Forces.”

National Defence says Kenderesi’s worked with cadets or junior Canadian rangers but was not active with a squadron at the time and was removed from duties when the investigation launched.

Kenderesi will be subject to a court-martial. Fowler doesn’t expect the process to get rolling until late 2021 or early 2022.

The charge of mutiny came as a surprise to Fowler and Christian Leuprecht, a professor at the Royal Military College of Canada and Queen’s University.

Fowler cannot recall the charge being imposed since the 1950s.

Leuprecht explains that calling upon service members to blow off orders to help administer vaccines could create a mess. “It calls both the legitimacy and the integrity of the organization and the organization functions into question, hence the charge of mutiny.”

The maximum penalty for mutiny is life in a military prison, but Fowler says Kenderesi would be more likely to face a fine.

Fowler says he might have been out of reach of the military justice system had the man making them not been in uniform.

Fowler explains that if Kenderesi is found guilty of scandalous behaviour, he would be dismissed or dismissed with disgrace from Her Majesty’s Service.

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7 thoughts on “CFB Borden-based military officer faces life in prison for anti-vaccine speech

  1. This is the evilest of spins: to make a truth-teller into a mad-man. Likely his one statement will send ripples through the military that they won’t be able to recover from, no matter how much damage-control the tv talkers attempt. And that could be a good thing. More jumping ship to get to freedom’s shore.

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    1. “Fowler explains that if Kenderesi is found guilty of scandalous behaviour, he would be dismissed or dismissed with disgrace from Her Majesty’s Service.”

      They have a long swim to reach freedom’s shore. Canada needs to kick her majesty’s royal posterior out of their country (not that America is doing any better currently).

      1. A long swim is better than no swim, no? They just might jump ship. Anyhow, we’re being sold “Freedom by Injection.” Good that many aren’t buying.

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        1. “A long swim is better than no swim, no?”

          Tell that to the Communist, treasonous scumbags we send out to swim two-hundred miles to reach their cherished “Admiralty Law”. I agree with EOS, we need to focus on America first.

          1. I see your point, but I know that anything that happens anywhere can happen here, in the stinking stew of globalization. I can’t help it. I look everywhere to see what’s brewing; that helps me take care of here.

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  2. Sounds like Canadian problems

    We have enough of our own right here to deal with
    Tell it to your fckin Queen
    Keep suckin the crown

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