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Canada asked to use aid as lever to free arrested man

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ESTANISLAO OZIEWICZ

With a report from Canadian Press

Canada should use its aid to Ethiopia as a lever to force the government to release a Canadian held there as part of an alleged anti-terrorism "rendition" program, the man's lawyer says.

The Department of Foreign Affairs, meanwhile, acknowledged yesterday for the first time that Bashir Makhtal, who came to Canada as an 11-year-old refugee from Somalia, was being held in Ethiopia after being arrested in Kenya.

Last Updated on Sunday, 17 May 2009 17:53 Read more...
 

Are U.S. agents putting the heat on Canadian?

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Lawyer, family say man among suspects interrogated at secret prisons

April 04, 2007
Debra Black
staff Reporter
Anthony Mitchell
Associated presser


A former Toronto resident is believed to be among hundreds of suspects from 19 countries who have been interrogated by CIA and FBI agents hunting for Al Qaeda militants at secret prisons in Ethiopia, a country notorious for torture and abuse.
Human rights groups, lawyers and several western diplomats say hundreds of prisoners — including women and children — have been transferred secretly and illegally in recent months from Kenya and Somalia to Ethiopia, where they are kept without charge or access to lawyers and families.
Last Updated on Sunday, 17 May 2009 17:49 Read more...
 

Refuses to admit to lawyer that man is being detained in his country

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Refuses to admit to lawyer that man is being detained in his country

March 28, 2007
Debra Black
Staff Reporter

Lawyer Lorne Waldman met with the Ethiopian ambassador in Ottawa yesterday to discuss the detention of a Canadian citizen and felt like he did when he tried to free another Canadian – Maher Arar – from imprisonment in Syria.

"It was very strange," said Waldman of his meeting with the Ethiopian Ambassador, Getachew Hamussa Hailemariam. "I don't know why he agreed to meet us. I felt I could have been talking to the Syrian ambassador about Maher Arar – using innuendo to justify the unjustifiable."
Last Updated on Sunday, 17 May 2009 17:33 Read more...
 

Ethiopian official claims no knowledge of Toronto man allegedly in custody

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By: JIM BRONSKILL

OTTAWA (CP) - The Ethiopian government says it doesn't know whether a former Toronto man is being held in an Addis Ababa jail, despite reports he has been imprisoned for weeks.

The Ethiopian Embassy said Wednesday that chaos in the East African country has prevented officials from determining the whereabouts of Bashir Makhtal.

Last Updated on Sunday, 17 May 2009 17:42 Read more...
 

The story of Bashir Makhtal

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Bashir Makhtal is a Canadian citizen. He has been held illegally in Ethiopia without charegs or trial SInce January 2007. He urgently needs the intervention of Canadian officials at the highe levels. Please send an email to to Prime Minister Stephen Harper at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it calling on him to intervene immediately to save Bashir Makhtal.
Last Updated on Sunday, 17 May 2009 19:06 Read more...
 


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PRESS RELEASE: Ethiopia – IHRC condemns sentencing of Canadian citizen today in Ethiopian high court

03 August 2009 

PRESS RELEASE: Ethiopia – IHRC condemns sentencing of Canadian citizen today in Ethiopian high court

The Islamic Human Rights Commission condemns today’s sentencing of Ethiopian-born Canadian citizen Bashir Ahmed Makhtal in Ethiopia’s high court. Makhtal was awarded a life-sentence for his alleged membership to the ONLF (Ogaden National Liberation Front), a group which is fighting for autonomy in Ethiopia’s Eastern Ogaden region[1]. Makhtal has fervently denied this charge, at one point telling the court, “in fact, I am the victim of the ONLF”. IHRC is deeply concerned over the trial’s numerous and grave irregularities, which would fail to meet even the most minimum of international human rights standards.

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