Free Ernst Zundel Now
May 2, 2003
Canadian Association for Free Expression, Canada's leading free speech
advocacy group, is demanding the immediate release of political prisoner,
Ernst Zundel, today at his third detention hearing in Niagara Falls,
"Mr. Zundel is quite literally a political prisoner," says CAFE
Director Paul Fromm, who has also been acting as Ernst Zundel's legal
representative in his detention hearings for the past six weeks. "He is
being held in solitary confinement solely for the non-violent expression of
his political views."
The allegation that Mr. Zundel might be a threat to national security
"is mischievous nonsense," says Fromm. "Zundel has been
politically active in Canada for 40 years. He's a public figure. His
writings and speeches are available on-line. He's been investigated for
years by the police. He's an open book. Zundel has never advocated or
practised violence, nor have his followers," Fromm adds. "He's a
pacifist and a publisher."
To "get" Ernst Zundel, the government is trampling on his basic
rights. There have been two secret hearings about Mr. Zundel, one on March
25 before the last detention review and the other on April 1, before this
review. "The government has refused to tell us who testified or to give
us a summary of the evidence so that we may ask questions," Fromm
argues. Such disclosure is required by the Supreme Court.
Such secret trials strike at the very heart of democracy and Anglo-Saxon
justice which ensure that a man knows the charges and evidence against him
and can respond.
"Mr. Zundel's prison conditions are appalling. He is denied pens or
highlighters.Until recently, he was denied even newspapers. He has been
denied an important book necessary in his defence because it's a hard
Canada's CSIS Act defines a threat to national security. It makes is
clear that non-violent dissent or protest are not threats to national
security. Zundel is a peaceful publisher.
"There's something screwy about Canada's justice system when it
comes to political dissidents," says Fromm. "Karla Homolka was
involved in three murders. She sits in a luxurious cell, orders Frederick's
of Hollywood sexy lingerie, indulges in sex with other female inmates and is
given passes to earn her university degree."
"Ernst Zundel was a contributor to Canadian society. He employed a
number of Canadians in his publishing and graphics arts enterprises. He's
never been convicted of any violation of the Criminal Code. Yet, he sits
denied basic facilities in solitary confinement."
"Perhaps to win decent treatment, he should change his name to
Homolka," says Fromm.
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