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Convicted bomber arrested in British Columbia pipeline blasts

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Activist Wiebo Ludwig, who served time in prison for bombing Alberta oil and gas wells in the 1990s, has been arrested in connection with more recent bombings of EnCana pipelines in B.C., his lawyer says.
Activist Wiebo Ludwig, who served time in prison for bombing Alberta oil and gas wells in the 1990s, has been arrested in connection with more recent bombings of EnCana pipelines in B.C., his lawyer says. (CBC)
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Wiebo Ludwig, an Alberta activist convicted of bombing oil and gas wells in the 1990s, has been arrested and faces an extortion charge in connection with more recent bombings at EnCana pipelines in northeastern B.C., according to his Edmonton lawyer.
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“I can advise you that that I’ve been told by the RCMP that Rev. Ludwig is in custody under arrest, and he is to be charged with one count of extortion,” Paul Moreau told CBC News on Friday.

When asked when the charge was to be laid, Moreau replied, “immediately.”

Ludwig was arrested at a hotel in Grande Prairie, Alta., Friday morning after going there voluntarily to meet with a senior RCMP officer, Moreau said.

So far, RCMP have said they have arrested a man in his 50s or 60s and are conducting a massive search of an Alberta farm. They didn’t release the man’s name.

The man was taken into custody around 8 a.m. Friday at the farm near Hythe, Alta., about 400 kilometres northwest of Edmonton, near the B.C.-Alberta border, police said.

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(CBC)Ludwig spent nearly two years in prison on charges related to the bombing of oil and gas installations in Alberta in the 1990s.

He also sent an open letter to the EnCana pipeline bomber in September 2009 expressing his support but urging the bombings to stop.

More than a dozen officers are searching the property for evidence related to the bombings.

“We cannot say what we are looking for specifically, or what information led us to the location, but we have followed a trail of evidence that ultimately led to the execution of the search warrant,” said Supt. Lloyd Plante, with the RCMP’s National Security Program in B.C…

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January 8, 2010 at 9:17 pm

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