Canadian Imprisoned In Bulgaria Accuses RCMP Of Misconduct



    Toronto Lawyer Files Application for Urgent Investigation

    OTTAWA, Feb. 15 /CNW/ - The Lawyer for Michael Kapoustin, a Canadian
citizen unlawfully imprisoned in Bulgaria, filed an application today with the
Commission for Public Complaints against the RCMP for an urgent investigation
into misconduct by members of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police towards Mr.
Kapoustin, which prompted his arrest, interrogation, torture and conviction.
    Mr. Kapoustin's situation is grave and concerns broad issues of public
importance. It pre-dates the Maher Arar case and has many similarities.
    Mr. Kapoustin's lawyer, Dean Peroff, is calling on the RCMP to correct
the record and work with the Federal Government to bring him home immediately.
    "The decision of Associate Chief Justice O'Connor, in the Arar case, made
it clear that, under circumstances such as those alleged by Mr. Kapoustin, the
RCMP is obliged to inform the Bulgarian authorities that the information
previously communicated is untrue," said Mr. Peroff.
    Mr. Kapoustin maintains that past and current members of the RCMP are
complicit in his conviction of a crime that he did not commit and in his
unlawful imprisonment in Bulgaria.
    According to Mr. Kapoustin's allegations, in 1995 the RCMP falsely linked
him to a person whom the RCMP had under investigation at the time for money
laundering and other crimes. This false information was used by Bulgarian
authorities to launch a smear campaign that ruined his reputation. This
information was also used to levy a prohibitively exorbitant tax assessment
that destroyed his businesses.
    Mr. Kapoustin is currently serving his 12th year of a 17-year prison
sentence in Bulgaria, a country known for its questionable human rights
practices and a lack of due process in its judicial system.
    "The alleged misconduct by the RCMP continues to have a profound effect
on Mr. Kapoustin's life and his family," said Mr. Peroff. "Under International
law, Mr. Kapoustin should have been transferred to Canada five years ago."
    "This is the worst case in Canadian history of another country refusing
to transfer a Canadian to a prison in Canada," stated Mr. Gar Pardy, retired
Director General for Canadian consular services from 1992 to 2003, who
together with Dr. Peter Leuprecht, former Deputy Secretary of the Council of
Europe are lending support in the efforts to bring Mr. Kapoustin home.
    Mr. Peroff and Mr. Kapoustin's family are calling on the Canadian
government to continue pressuring the Bulgaria government to comply with their
obligation to transfer custody of Mr. Kapoustin back to Canada.
    Complete information and documentation about the case can be found at
www.michaelkapoustin.com





For further information:

For further information: Ian Connerty, Freeman Mandel Milne Inc., Tel:
(416) 985-9855, Email: ian@freeman-mandel.com; or Mary-Anne Cedrone, Tel:
(905) 398-0401, Email: mcedrone1@gmail.com; FOR: Amsterdam & Peroff, 35 Alvin
Avenue, Toronto, ON M4T 2A7

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