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Freemen-On-The-Land: How A Self-Proclaimed 'Sovereign Citizen' Was Evicted From A Calgary Home

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CALGARY - A look at how a sovereign citizen was evicted from an Alberta landlady's property:

Sunday, Sept. 22 — Alberta pensioner Rebekah Caverhill goes public with details about how her rental property has been claimed as an "embassy" by a man from Montreal named Andreas Pirelli. She says he identified himself as a follower of the Freemen-on-the-Land movement. A few months after Pirelli moved in, Caverhill went to inspect the property. She says she found the entire kitchen and bathroom had been gutted. The locks were changed. Calgary police say they can't get involved because it is a civil matter. When asked for comment, Pirelli sends a letter to The Canadian Press warning that "any intervening with these private matters have outstanding fees and schedules."

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Monday, Sept. 23 — Calgary police say they will consult with the Crown on whether they can get involved in the dispute.

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Tuesday, Sept. 24 — A Calgary court orders Pirelli to vacate Caverhill's rental property by 12:01 a.m. Saturday. A representative for Pirelli appears in court, but refuses to give his name. It's revealed that Pirelli, who sources confirmed also goes by Mario Antonacci, had a warrant issued for his arrest in Quebec when he stopped showing up in the middle of an assault trial. The charges date back to Sept. 20, 2007, when a landlady was allegedly thrown down a flight of stairs and broke several bones. The man in that case also claimed the landlady's residence was an embassy as part of a sovereign movement, according to reports from the trial.

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Wednesday, Sept. 25 — The Montreal landlady comes forward with her story. Jocelyne Malouf says she went to the house to confront her delinquent tenants. She says she broke her pelvis, arm, wrist and ankle when she was thrown out on the street. The Canadian Press is faxed a fee schedule alleging the unauthorized use of copyrighted names, including Andreas Pirelli and Mario Antonacci. The fax says the fee is $1 million for each use of each name.

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Thursday, Sept. 26 — Police in Montreal say they have been in contact with their Calgary counterparts regarding Antonacci.

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Friday, Sept. 27 — Calgary police swoop in and arrest Antonacci on several outstanding warrants issued by courts in Quebec. Several followers remain in the house, but eventually leave. Antonacci is sent back to Quebec. A judge eventually grants a request to have him re-evaluated for criminal responsibility. The judge cites new information that suggests Antonacci may not have been mentally well at the time of one of the alleged crimes.

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