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Three people involved in trying to conduct a citizen’s arrest of B.C. Premier John Horgan earlier this year have now been charged with mischief.

In a statement on Monday, the BC Prosecution Service stated it has appointed Victoria lawyer Dirk Ryneveld as special prosecutor in the case against three members of climate action group, Extinction Rebellion.

See also: Three protesters arrested outside Premier John Horgan’s Langford residence

Anti-pipeline protesters Howard Breen, Regine Klein, and Mark Nykanen were arrested on February 18 after attempting to conduct a citizen’s arrest and lockdown outside of B.C. Premier John Horgan’s residence in Langford.

The protesters had walked up to Horgan’s home and started banging on his door, stating they were going to make a citizen’s arrest.

“We also saw a couple of people who were probably a little more motivated to protest than others,” said West Shore RCMP Sgt. Lea at the time, confirming that two people laid down on Horgan’s driveway in an attempt to block access to his residence.

Allegations of mischief and trespass were laid against the three protesters who were arrested during the protest after refusing to stop blocking the Premier’s driveway.

Now, after an independent assessment, Ryneveld has laid charges of mischief against the accused.

The three defendants are expected to appear in Colwood Provincial Court on July 15, 2020.