Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Secret Trial Detainee Mohammad Mahjoub Seeks Bail After 6+ Years of Detention

Held Without Charge Since June, 2000, Mohammad Mahjoub Applies for Bail Monday, December 4, 2006, 9:30 am, Federal Court, Toronto, 180 Queen West (just west of University)

Mohammad Mahjoub, who has served the longest of any of the secret trial security certificate detainees (since June, 2000), heads to Federal Court on Monday, December 4 at 9:30 am in Toronto to seek release to his family. Held without charge or bail for more than six years, Mahjoub, a refugee from Egypt, has been held at Metro West Detention and now in Kingston's Millhaven Penitentiary on the basis of secret evidence neither he nor his lawyer can see or challenge.

Over a dozen community members, as well as Members of Parliament Bill Siksay (New Democrat, BC) and Omar Alghabra (Liberal, Mississauga), have pledged cash and surety bond to secure Mr. Mahjoub's transfer to his family. Mahjoub, who is married with two young children, will testify at this week's hearing, as will his wife, Mona Elfouli (scheduled to testify Monday morning).

Mahjoub's incarceration has included lengthy spells in solitary confinement and a series of hunger strikes protesting lack of medical treatment for conditions contracted in prison. One hunger strike lasted 79 days.

The hearing is expected to last throughout the week. For further
details contact the Campaign to Stop Secret Trials in Canada at (416)651-5800 ext. 1

2 comment(s):

and where has harper, martin and chretien been on this? deplorable! can we expect a strong voice from dion? we know we can from the ndp, but , sorry to say, they won't be winning the next election.

By Anonymous scout, at 2:07 AM  

I hope Dion speaks out and acts about heinous injustices like this one.

By Blogger Annamarie, at 2:02 PM  

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