Dag: 22 december 2011

Ottawa could free Henk Tepper with a letter

Vertaling/samengevat: scroll naar beneden International law expert finds the federal government’s actions ‘confusing’ An expert in international law can’t understand why the Harper government is not acting swiftly to get Henk Tepper back to Canada. The New Brunswick farmer has spent nine months in a Beirut jail for allegedly exporting bad potatoes to Algeria. Paul Cavaluzzo, a lawyer, says two Canadian senators have said that Lebanese authorities would release Tepper if Canada sends a letter requesting he be returned. If that’s true, Cavaluzzo says, then Ottawa’s concern about interfering in Lebanon’s judicial system is not a valid one. “It’s...

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Bring Home Henk Tepper

  Irwin Cotler   Member of Parliament, Mount Royal This week, family and friends have intensified their pleas for the release of Henk Tepper, a New Brunswick farmer who has been languishing in a Beirut prison absent any criminal charges since March. While his loved ones hope to see him returned to Canada in time for the holidays, his case and other high-profile cases of Canadians detained abroad raise important questions about what Canada’s role ought to be in such situations. Further, the Government’s action — or rather, seeming inaction — on the file raises questions about the nature of the relationship between...

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