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Former Geraldton cop Wayne Glew to front court on accusations he called for Premier’s arrest

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Wayne Glew Adam Poulsen
Camera IconWayne Glew Adam Poulsen Credit: Supplied

A “sovereign citizen” from Geraldton will front court for the first time on Friday after he was charged in relation to demands he made for Premier Mark McGowan to be arrested.

But it is not known whether Wayne Glew — who the Guardian understands is not COVID vaccinated — will appear in person at Geraldton Magistrates Court because of current jab requirements.

The State Security Investigation Group arrested the former police officer at his Glenfield home on February 10, with Mr Glew subsequently charged with one count of inciting another to commit an indictable offence.

Police will allege Mr Glew posted a series of videos on social media using threatening language and inciting others to arrest government ministers and public officials after documents purporting to be arrest warrants were handed to Perth Police Station at the end of January.

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In videos posted to his social media sites before his arrest, Mr Glew allegedly made various allegations against Mr McGowan and Police Commissioner Chris Dawson

“There is an arrest warrant for Mark McGowan for treachery to overturn the Constitution,” he allegedly said in a video.

“For all you people who think you guard McGowan, you have homes — when you leave work you go home, you are on your own. It is so easy to dispose of you fleas by arresting you, which is our right.

“We will single you out, we will get you, we will lock you up.”

Sovereign citizen Wayne Glew being arrested at his home near Geraldton
Camera IconSovereign citizen Wayne Glew being arrested at his home near Geraldton Credit: facebook/supplied

In another video, Mr Glew allegedly aid the State and Federal governments “can’t mandate anything” according to the Constitution.

“We have the right under clause 61 of the Magna Carta to do whatever it takes to make you abide by our laws, our rules contained in our Constitution,” he allegedly said.

According to a public notice issued by WA Chief Justice Peter Quinlan, a court or tribunal may require people who are not vaccinated to attend court proceedings remotely, or otherwise comply with precautionary measures.

“In some circumstances the proper conduct of proceedings may require proceedings to be closed to the public,” the notice stated.

This will not be the first time Mr Glew has faced court, with the 74-year-old once having his $300,000 house taken from him by court order for refusing to pay rates because he claimed they were “unconstitutional”.

An online campaign to help Mr Glew replace his iPad and other devices allegedly “taken from him” after his arrest has raised more than $3600, with donors thanking him for “fighting for our freedoms”.

It is understood some of his supporters may protest against his arrest outside the Geraldton Courthouse on Friday.

On one of his social media profiles, Mr Glew is described as a “Commonwealth of Australia constitutional expert, with more than 4600 people following the page.

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