Security certificate detainee marks 12 years of arbitrary detention

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On Tuesday, Mr. Mahjoub and his supporters gathered to demand his freedom and that of the other two men still held under security certificates.

From the press release:

On June 26, 2000, Mohammad Mahjoub was arrested in a Hollywood-style arrest outside his workplace.  One of five Muslim men arrested under Canada's notorious security certificate legislation, he has spent the last twelve years in jail, much of it in solitary confinement or under house arrest, yet he has never been charged.

 Security certificates allow the government to indefinitely detain and deport people based on their profile. Courts have ruled that the presumption of innocence does not apply. The case against the detainees, assembled by Canada's spy agency CSIS, is secret; it is not disclosed to detainees or their lawyers.

 CSIS concedes that the bulk of the information they are using against him was obtained from sources known to use torture.  Mr. Mahjoub's phone conversations with his lawyers have been illegally tapped, evidence in his case has been destroyed or concealed by CSIS and his confidential defense files were seized by the prosecution (resulting in 11 lawyers being kicked off his case earlier this month).

 On June 26th, Mr. Mahjoub and his supporters will gather to demand his immediate liberation and that of the other two men still held under security certificates.  Supporters will demand justice, apology, reparations and citizenship for all five and accountability for all officials responsible for injustices against these men.

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