Flat Earther, COVID Conspiracy Theorist Has 'Scandalous' Lawsuit Dismissed

A conspiracy theorist has had his lawsuit against the government of British Columbia (BC), Canada, dropped by the courts.

Makhan "Mak" Parhar was arrested in November 2020 and spent four days in jail for allegedly breaching the terms of a government COVID Quarantine Act.

Police said he had "refused to comply" with the rules and had left his home despite being told to self-isolate.

According to videos and statements made on his Facebook page, Parhar is a supporter of the flat Earth movement and critic of COVID regulations. He tagged himself with other flat Earth activists in South Carolina, U.S., shortly before his arrest.

Following his arrest, Parhar argued that he had been "kidnapped" and harmed and was looking for justice via "common law," according to a BC court document, seen by Newsweek, outlining the judgment. Parhar's lawsuit also alleges trespass, extortion, terrorism, fraud, and malfeasance.

The document states the case was between Parhar on one side and government officials John Horgan, Adrian Dix, Dave Jansen, David Eby, and Adrien Switzer on the other.

Justifying its decision to dismiss Parhar's case, a BC court judge said he was satisfied that Parhar's claims were "embarrassing or scandalous, in the legal sense of those terms, because it does not set out the real issues in any intelligible form and contains assertions and declarations that make it impossible to respond to the claim."

The BC defendants argued Parhar's claims were "pseudolegal" and, in the judgement passed April 16, Justice Murray Blok said: "It is patently absurd and nonsensical. It is difficult to understand how anyone could come to believe any of its concepts.

"I am not without sympathy for the plaintiff. He spent four days in jail, evidently the result of alleged breaches of the Quarantine Act, and it appears this occurred because someone convinced him, or he convinced himself, that statute law does not apply to him."

Justice Blok added Parhar still had the opportunity to argue against his alleged breaches of the Quarantine act, but hoped he would do so "on more conventional grounds." He said a trial had been set in Provincial Court for this purpose.

The AGBC defendants requested they be awarded costs of $1,000 due to legal expenses. Justice Blok concluded they should be awarded $750.

Newsweek has contacted Parhar for comment.

Parhar has continued to upload posts to his Facebook page since Friday. On Tuesday, a video was posted on the page in which Parhar criticised BC's COVID travel restrictions.

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