W-FIVE Investigates the Canadian Casualties of Mexico's Broken Judicial System, April 25 on CTV



    
    - In the face of tremendous injustice for one Canadian held in a Mexican
    jail, Canada's Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Peter Kent,
    suggests we must have faith in Mexico's justice system -
    

    TORONTO, April 22 /CNW/ - Canadian Pavel Kulisek has been rotting away in
an underground Mexican prison for over a year. Though no real evidence exists,
he remains charged with being involved with the notorious Tijuana drug cartel.
In a new hour-long episode of W-FIVE premiering Saturday, April 25 at 7 p.m.
ET (visit CTV.ca to confirm local broadcast times), Victor Malarek reports on
the Canadian collateral damage in the war against Mexico's drug cartels, and
what the Canadian government is doing - or not doing - to help its citizens.

    Looking for a temporary change in pace and more quality time with family,
Kulisek and his family travelled to Mexico where they began living and working
in the Baja Peninsula. On March 11, 2007, their lives changed forever. Kulisek
went into town to meet new friend and fellow dirt-biker Carlos Herrera. But
the men were all arrested by police and thrown into prison - Kulisek accused
of working on behalf of the Tijuana Drug Cartel. It was then that he learned
Herrera's true identity: Carlos was actually alleged Drug Lord Gustavo Rivera
Herrera.

    With no prior criminal history in Canada, Mexico or the United States,
Kulisek's family thought that what they saw as a misunderstanding would be
resolved quickly. But Kulisek has already been held for 13 months - and
there's no sign that he's going to be released any time soon. The
prosecution's case rests on one statement by one witness - former corrupt
police officer Marcos Assemat. He's an ex-con who has spent time in prison in
Mexico and the U.S. on drug convictions. He's also made a deal with the
prosecutor to become a protected witness in return for his testimony.

    It is just another example of a justice system out of control, according
to Tamara Taraciuk, a lawyer with the international organization Human Rights
Watch who just released a report on the Mexican Justice system. In an
interview with W-FIVE, Taraciuk explains that "the Mexican justice system is
totally dysfunctional." It is an opinion supported by Amnesty International,
who recently said "the functions of the public prosecutors office (in Mexico)
are highly susceptible to political or personal influence to secure
unwarranted or even fabricated prosecutions."

    And yet despite the overwhelming evidence that Pavel Kulisek is an
innocent man, W-FIVE has learned that the Canadian government refuses to
intervene in his case. "We have to have faith that the... that due process
will prevail," Canada's Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Peter Kent,
told Malarek.

    About W-FIVE
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    With an ongoing commitment to covering tough, relevant stories in all
their shades of grey, W-FIVE is now in its 43rd season of investigative
journalism. Hosted by CTV NATIONAL NEWS' Lloyd Robertson and Sandie Rinaldo,
the award-winning series is the most-watched current affairs program in
Canada. Malcolm Fox is Executive Producer and Anton Koschany is Senior
Producer of W-FIVE, a presentation of CTV News. Robert Hurst is President of
CTV News and Current Affairs.

    About CTV
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www.ctv.ca.





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For further information: Alexis Hood, CTV Inc., (416) 384-4426 or
alexis.hood@ctv.ca; Shannon Gallagher, CTV Inc., (416) 384-4623 or
shannon.gallagher@ctv.ca


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