RCMP seek white supremacist who fails to appear in court

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RCMP seek white supremacist who fails to appear in court

BY GERRY BELLETT, VANCOUVER SUN JANUARY 7, 2011

The RCMP has issued a Canada-wide warrant for the arrest of Paul Craig Cobb, 59, who failed to appear in court on charges of promoting hatred.

However, RCMP Insp. Tim Shields said police believe the American-born Cobb, who also holds Canadian citizenship, has fled to the U.S.

Cobb, who has been labelled by opponents as a white supremacist and an anti-Semite, was arrested by the BC Hate Crime Team on June 17.

"He was arrested standing in front of a computer terminal in the Vancouver Public Library," said Shields.

The arrest came following an investigation into a web-site www.podblanc.com which Cobb is said to have controlled from various locations in Vancouver which allegedly displayed hate material.

The site was closed down as a result of the police investigation.

The site posted videos that The Economist in July 2008 described in a story on "ehatred" as offering "plenty of material to keep a racist amused."

He was held for 10 hours after his arrest then released.

"Police believe soon after his release Mr. Cobb fled Canada to the United States," said Shields.

Police were unable to have charges approved against Cobb until Dec. 30 when the attorney-general's office approved a charge of wilful promotion of hatred.

Cobb has a presence on the Internet with his own Wikipedia page and references.

He is said to have been born in Missouri and is described as a long time racist activist.

Any person knowing Cobb's whereabouts is asked to call their local police force.

gbellett@vancouversun.com

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