Amnesty International and Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops Call Upon Canada to Grant Safe Haven for Man About to Face Death



    LOS ANGELES, June 1 /CNW/ -- A local Los Angeles family tonight is facing
a clock that is running out for their father and husband, Mohiuddin "Din"
Ahmed, and they have appealed to the Governments of the United States and
Canada to send Din to Canada where his life would be spared
(http://www.freedin.org).
    Today, in a letter to Canadian Members of Parliament, Amnesty
International (Canada) urged Canada to "to ensure that he is not returned to
Bangladesh to face the death penalty." Also today, the Canadian Conference of
Catholic Bishops (http://www.cccb.ca/site/content/view/2484/1152/lang,eng/)
and prominent Ottawa Rabbi Reuven Bulka, called upon the Government of Canada
to grant safe haven in Canada to Mr. Ahmed.
    "It is clear that the U.S. government has discretion to send Din to
Canada, and so far are choosing to send him to an untimely and unjust death in
Bangladesh.  Why would they do that?" said Joseph Sandoval, family attorney
for the Mohiuddin family.
    Ahmed has the support of Congressman Jim McDermott (D-WA) and Dana
Rohrabacher (R-CA). There have been a number of bi-partisan appeals from
Members of Congress for time to allow the legislative branch to review the
matter when the Congress reconvenes on Tuesday.
    Canadian Members of Parliament Mike Savage and Irwin Cotler are
continuing in their efforts to persuade the Government of Canada to issue a
Temporary Residence Permit to Din on compassionate and humanitarian grounds. 
They have asked the Government of Canada to intervene in order to spare an
innocent man's life.
    Rouben & Sabrina Mohiuddin will discuss evidence in the case proving that
their father Ahmed did not commit the crime he is falsely accused of in
Bangladesh and will implore the government of Canada to consider his
application for sanctuary.
    Din Ahmed is scheduled as early as this weekend to be deported from a
facility in Southern California back to his homeland in Bangladesh where he is
certain to face death.  In 1996, the government of Bangladesh tried and
convicted Ahmed in absentia in a sham trial, accusing him of participating in
a violent coup d'etat that resulted in the death of the Prime Minister and his
family.  Ahmed, a member of the military at the time, was following orders to
man a roadblock over a mile away from where the Prime Minister was killed, and
did not know of the plans to assassinate the leader.  The government, then led
by the daughter of the slain Prime Minister, conducted the trial without any
reasonable standard of justice and Ahmed was sentenced to be hanged.
    On Friday, May 25, 2007, the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeal decided not
to review Ahmed's case and he is scheduled for deportation and certain death
as early as this weekend.





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For further information: Amy Weiss, +1-202-203-0448, or Debra DeShong 
Reed, +1-202-528-4214, both for www.freedin.org

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