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Security Certificate Detainee Mahjoub Rallies with Supporters Marking Exactly 12 Years of Detention without Charge

June 22, 2012

What: Press Briefing & Public Demonstration: Justice not Fear I March with Mahjoub

When: 12pm, Tuesday, June 26th, 2012 (12th anniversary of Mahjoub’s arrest and International Day in Support of Victims of Torture)

Where: CSIS Offices, 277 Front St. W., Toronto. March to Department of Justice and Federal Court House

Who: Mohammad Mahjoub, speakers from Amnesty International, the Justice for Mahjoub Network and supporters

Visuals: Giant, intricate display of the “case” against Mr Mahjoub;elaborately adorned mock judges; vibrant banners and placards

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.

For information on the Justice for Mahjoub campaign:
Justice for Mahjoub Network


For more information contact:
Syed Hussan
Phone: 416-453-3632

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