Freemason conspiracy no excuse for dodging taxes
Bethany Lindsay, ctvbc.ca
Published Saturday, October 23, 2010 4:40PM PDT
A former dentist who says her trial on income tax evasion was fixed by a shadowy conspiracy of Freemasons and Jews has lost her latest bid to get out of paying a quarter-million dollar fine.
Vancouver Dr. Eva Notburga Marita Sydel was convicted of tax evasion four years ago for failing to report a whopping $750,000 in income. She was fined $244,447 and sentenced to jail for 18 months.
Although she served out her jail sentence, Sydel has yet to pay any of the fines.
She filed an appeal of her conviction in 2007, but abandoned it the next year.
In her latest in a long series of appearances in B.C. courtrooms, Sydel petitioned to renew her appeal, claiming that she has found new evidence that provincial court Judge Paul Meyers, a Jew, had discriminated against because she is German by descent.
Acting as her own lawyer, she also argued that Meyers was part of a conspiracy of Freemasons -- an international fraternal organization dating back to the 1600s. Conspiracy theorists often claim that the "invisible empire" of Freemasons has quietly controlled governments and economies worldwide for centuries -- if not millennia.
Sydel claimed that Meyers and the chief investigator for the Canada Revenue Agency used secret Freemason sign language during her trial to communicate with each other and ensure she was convicted.
She also pointed out that Vancouver telephone numbers for the federal government all contain the digits 666 -- the so-called Satanic "sign of the beast," and a number said to be associated with Freemasonry.
In her affidavit, Sydel wrote that "Freemasonry is now completely in control of the Government of British Columbia, which controls the selection of the judges in the provincial court of British Columbia and controls the administration of the provincial court, the Supreme Court and Court of Appeal in British Columbia."
However, she did not present any evidence that anyone involved in her trial was a member of the Freemasons.
And in a ruling on Thursday, B.C. Supreme Court Judge Miriam Maisonville said Sydel hadn't presented a convincing argument that she should be allowed to re-ignite her stalled appeal.
Not satisfied with the justice she was receiving, Sydel also petitioned for Maisonville to disqualify herself from the case, claiming that this judge was yet another member of the Freemason conspiracy.
Although Maisonville did not directly confirm or deny her membership in the Freemasons, she wrote that "[no] reasonable and informed person would find my alleged association with the Freemasons of any relevance in this matter."
Last year, Sydel filed a $300-million lawsuit against the Canadian and B.C. governments, along with dozens of civil servants, making the same claims of a Freemason conspiracy and Jewish prejudice against her. That suit was dismissed in May.
'The Rape of Eva Sydel'
During her original trial, Sydel used the defence that she is a "natural person" -- not a taxpayer -- and therefore not obliged to pay income taxes. The "natural person" argument is a popular one with the so-called "detax" movement in Canada, but it has never been successful in court.
Indeed, the provincial court judge responded to Sydel's argument by suggesting that she was being willfully ignorant of the law.
Sydel writes on her website: "Most of us believe that the person on our legal identification is us directly. That's where we go wrong."
On the site -- titled "The Rape of Eva Sydel" -- she describes herself as "a woman who stood up for her right to self-determination and was repeatedly raped by the Governments of Canada and British Columbia via agents of the Canada Revenue Agency, the Vancouver City Police Department, the Department of Justice and the Canadian Justice System."
She writes that she was convicted of a crime that is impossible to commit and accuses police and the CRA of "gestapo tactics" during the 2003 raids of her home and office.