Canadian Citizen Trapped in Bulgarian Prison Launches Web Site



    TORONTO, Nov. 20 /CNW/ -- Coinciding with the beginning of historic
mediation over a prisoner transfer treaty between the governments of Canada
and Bulgaria, the defense team of Michael Kapoustin have launched a
comprehensive Web site making public scores of documents detailing high level
government involvement in the case.
    After more than a year of contacts by key officials from the government
of Prime Minister Stephen Harper, Bulgaria has still refused to comply with
its obligations to transfer Mr. Kapoustin into Canadian custody, leading to
the unprecedented invocation of Article 23 of the Council of Europe's
Convention on the Transfer of Sentenced Persons to initiate mediation.
    "For so many years, the family has been told to keep quiet about these
injustices while numerous promises to bring Michael home were repeatedly
broken," said international lawyer Dean Peroff, of Toronto-based law firm
Amsterdam & Peroff, who began representing Mr. Kapoustin almost two years ago
on a pro-bono basis.  "The time has come to speak up.  We're grateful for the
tireless efforts of Secretary of State Jason Kenney, who was appointed as
special envoy on the Kapoustin matter, as well as Minister Stockwell Day, and
we urge public support for the Canadian government's efforts to protect its
citizens abroad."
    Mr. Kapoustin was sentenced to a disproportionate 17-year sentence on
trumped up fraud charges by a Bulgarian court in 1996.  The new Web site,
www.michaelkapoustin.com, details the numerous violations of basic due process
and his fundamental rights in the trial, torture, solitary confinement and
inhumane treatment in prison, and the irresponsible conduct of some former
government officials.
    Columnist Don Martin of the National Post wrote in a Nov. 20 article, "If
there's any justice left in the sad case of Michael Kapoustin, it will
manifest itself through his speedy transfer to the Canadian prison system,
where he will hopefully spend mere minutes in a cell before he secures his
freedom."
    Tracy Kapoustin, the wife of the embattled prisoner who has endured great
hardships raising their 14-year-old son alone, echoed Martin's sentiment.  "We
are not asking for any special treatment, only that the law be carried out and
that my husband, the father of our son, be brought back home to Canada where
he belongs," she said.




For further information:

For further information: James Kimer, LVM Group Inc., +1-212-499-6571, 
james@lvmgroup.com Web Site: http://www.michaelkapoustin.com

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