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Six months after incarceration for a
bureaucratic snafu not of his doing, Ernst Zundel is still not allowed
items for very basic comfort
 

Aug 6, 2003

ZGram - Where Truth is Destiny: Now more than ever!

Here is a follow-up letter from Paul Fromm, highlighting once more the difficult situation in which Ernst finds himself where he is systematically prevented from assisting in his own legal defense:

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Canadian Association for Free Expression Box 332, Rexdale, Ontario, M9W 5L3 Ph: 905-897-7221; FAX: 905-277-3914

Paul Fromm, B.Ed, M.A. Director

August 5, 2003

Mr. Fred Williams, Assistant Regional Director, Adult Institutions, Ministry of Public Safety and Security, Etobicoke, ON. BY FAX: 416-314-0527

Dear Mr. Williams:

Further to our telephone conversation today, I am writing to convey serious concerns about the incarceration of Ernst Zundel at the Metro West Detention Centre. I write as Mr. Zundel's legal representative.

As you know, Mr. Zundel has been convicted of no crime and is being held in detention under a disputed immigration matter. He is not a criminal, but a detainee. Also, he is 64 years of age and in questionable health. While he has had extensive experience before Canadian courts, he has never been convicted under the Criminal Code. He had never been charged, much less, convicted of an act of violence. He has a long history of compliance with the legal system, including 11 bail orders. He is by religious belief a pacifist. He is also a health devotee and abhors drugs and smoking.

I mention all this, as his profile is likely very different from that of your average inmate. His age and history would seem to dictate some consideration.

Mr. Zundel is faced with a number of very complex legal cases: 1. an appeal against an Immigration and Refugee Board decision that he is no longer a landed immigrant; 2. a bail request pursuant to a detention order, following a CSIS certificate, under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (next dates for this are September 23 and 24); 3. challenge of the reasonableness of the CSIS certificate declaring him a threat to national security; 4. a habeas corpus motion in Provincial Court challenging his continued detention (to be heard October 10); 5. a motion seeking leave to seek judicial review of a Canadian Human Rights Tribunal decision of January, 2002; and 6. a motion before the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati seeking redress for his illegal deportation from the U.S., February 19, 2003.

Just the documentation for challenging the CSIS certificate amounts to five thick volumes of documents, as well as a 50-page report. There may well be transcripts to come. It is a fundamental right of natural justice that a prisoner be able to assist in his defence. To do that, Mr. Zundel needs a pen, coloured highlighter, post-it notes (for markiing pages) and paper clips. When he learned that all Mr. Zundel has been allowed are pencil stubs like those you might use to mark your score in a bowling alley, Federal Judge Pierre Blais commented last Wednesday: "Even in mediaeval times, prisoners were allowed to use pen and paper. I also have respect for Mr. Zundel. He is not a criminal. He is entitled to a little bit of flexibility."

Mr. Zundel is also not allowed a chair or a pillow. Surely, this treatment has nothing to do with security and seems more like disciplinary punishment. Yet, Mr. Zundel has zealously sought to comply with directions he's received in the Metro West Detention Centre.

Therefore, I request the following:

* a pillow and chair for basic human comfort; * a pen, paperclips, post-it notes, and coloured highlighter * access to hardcover books. Several of the books Mr. Zundel needs for his case are hardcovers. Yet, prison security staff say they are not allowed.

I look forward to your reply and would be happy to meet with you at your convenience.

Sincerely yours,

Paul Fromm

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Write to Canada's Immigration Minister and complain over the unfair treatment Ernst Zündel has received.

Immigration Minister Denis Coderre
House of Commons 
Parliament Buildings 
Ottawa, Ontario 
K1A 0A6

Telephone: (613) 995-6108

Fax: (613) 995-9755

Email: Coderre.D@parl.gc.ca

 

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