Dick Warmer can’t stop himself . . .

 

Canada’s human rights commission has asked a federal appeal court to send a London white supremacist back to jail.

Tomasz Winnicki has broken a federal court condition, which was keeping him out of jail, that he not indirectly or directly contact human rights staff or Ottawa anti-racism activist Richard Warman, the Canadian Human Rights Commission argues.

Winnicki showed up at a human rights hearing into the Internet activities of former Londoner Melissa Guille in November, knowing Warman and commission staff would be there, the commission said.

His appearance came in the midst of death threats from other white supremacists against Warman and a federal court judge because of their actions involving Winnicki, the commission noted.

Given the death threats, “I became very uncomfortable and upset upon seeing him, and I feared for my safety and the safety of the commission member who was present,” Warman said in an affidavit to court backing up the commission motion.

“He keeps trying to get himself back in jail,” Warman added in an interview yesterday.

But Winnicki argues he had a right to show up at the public hearing and stayed as far away as he could from both Warman and the tribunal chairperson.

“The purpose and effect of my attendance was to observe a public tribunal hearing regarding legal issues of great concern to me,” he said in his affidavit.

“At no time did I communicate with, contact or interfere with the privacy of Mr. Warman or any member, staff, or counsel of the commission.”

Under the law, being in close proximity to a person is contact, the commission argued.

Contact is also defined under the law as a disruption of a person’s security, the commission said.

Winnicki has clashed with Warman and the commission for several years.

Warman first complained to the Canadian Human Rights Commission in September 2003 about Winnicki, who called in Internet postings for a holy racial war and the elimination of Jews and blacks from Canadian society.

The commission investigated, found Warman’s complaint had merit and argued on his behalf before a human rights tribunal.

The tribunal ruled in April 2006 that the messages contravened the Canadian Human Rights Act because they likely exposed certain groups to hatred and/or contempt.

Before that ruling, though, the commission got the federal court to slap an order on Winnicki to stop posting messages until the ruling was made.

Winnicki continued to post messages and in July, was sentenced to nine months in jail for breaching the earlier federal court order.

Winnicki served time in London and Penetanguishene until September, when his lawyer got a stay of the contempt order pending an appeal of the conviction.

Meanwhile, his appeal of the jail sentence is to be heard Tuesday.

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