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by j. b. gerald
graphics by j. maas

2019

 

January 12, 2019

      U.S.: "Updates: some U.S. political prisoners January 2019," by J. B. Gerald

 

      Canada: Update. Mahmoud Jaballah, a refugee in Canada was detained in 1999 under a Canadian Security Certificate, a mechanism which placed him in prison under threat of deportation. The government's security agency alleged he was a member of an organization linked to Al-Qaeda. The evidence was dismissed by a judge as unreasonable. The government tried again in 2001 with additional secret evidence. In 2007 the Supreme Court found the secret security certificate process too unjust and demanded cosmetic additional legal procedure be added to it, so a third security certificate was applied to Mahmoud Jaballah in 2008. In May 2016 Federal Court Judge Dolores Hansen found "I conclude that the security certifricate filed by the minister is not reasonable and will be set aside." The Federal Appeals Court supported her decision. On November 28, 2018 Mahmoud Jaballah filed a suit at the Ontario Superior Court asking for 37.4 million dollars to cover the damages to his wife, himself and their six children, not only for ruining his life and his suffering in prison but for the continual threat of deportation and the effects of all this on his family.     Partial sources online: "Court finds designation of Egyptian man as security threat unreasonable," The Canadian Press, May 24, 2016, MacLeans; "After 17-year deportation fight over alleged terrorism ties, Toronto man sues federal government for $34M," Brian Platt, Jan. 4, 2019, National Post.

 

 

January 4, 2019

      Canada: "Updates: some Canadian political prisoners January 2019," by J. B. Gerald

 

 

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A branch that comes from violence will not take root;
for a blighted root is on sheer rock, like reeds by the
banks of a river, which are dried up before any grass; but
kindness, like eternity, will never be cut off, and faithfulness
will be established forever
- from Ben Sira
(Dead Sea Scrolls Bible, Abegg et al)

 

This account is against forgetfulness. 

 
 

 

 

 

 

 


by john bart gerald
graphics by julie maas
guest contributions as noted
January 12, 2019