Toronto Lawyer Files Application for Urgent Investigation
OTTAWA, Feb. 13 /CNW/ - The Lawyer for Michael Kapoustin, a Canadian
citizen unlawfully imprisoned in Bulgaria, is holding a news conference on
Friday, February 15, 2008, on Parliament Hill to release details of an
application for an urgent investigation into allegations of misconduct by 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 is calling on the RCMP to correct the record and
work with the Federal Government to bring him home immediately.
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. By 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.
The case has been taken up on a pro-bono basis by Dean Peroff,
Toronto-based lawyer specializing in international law, and a group of
supporters including former Canadian diplomat Gar Pardy and Peter Leuprecht,
former Deputy Secretary of the Council of Europe.
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.
The decision of Mr. 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.
When: Friday, February 15, 2008 10:00 AM
Where: Charles Lynch Theatre
Room 130 S, Centre Block, Parliament Building, Ottawa
Spokespeople: Dean Peroff, Toronto Lawyer for Michael Kapoustin
Tracy Kapoustin, Wife of Michael Kapoustin
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