January 8, 2010 / 9:22 PM / in 8 years

Convicted saboteur nabbed in Canada pipe bombings

CALGARY, Alberta (Reuters) - A man who was convicted of oil field sabotage in Canada nearly a decade ago has been arrested and charged with extortion in a case related to pipeline bombings in northeast British Columbia, his lawyer said on Friday.

“My information from the RCMP is he is being charged with one count of extortion against EnCana,” Edmonton-based attorney Paul Moreau told Reuters.

Moreau said he had been given no further details of the arrest of Wiebo Ludwig, made during a Royal Canadian Mounted Police raid on a farm in northwestern Alberta. He said he did not know if anyone close to Ludwig was also under investigation.

Ludwig, a former Christian Reformed minister, served 18 months in prison for sabotage against natural gas facilities near his property that were operated by EnCana predecessor Alberta Energy Co, and other companies, in the 1990s.

Reporting by Jeffrey Jones; editing by Rob Wilson

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