/R E P E A T -- Media Advisory - Civil liberties group to protest conditions of detention for "Toronto 18" suspects/


    TORONTO, Sept. 23 /CNW/ - The Presumption of Innocence Project, a civil
liberties group, will hold a media conference at Queen's Park to challenge the
conditions of detention for three men who are part of the so-called "Toronto
18" - a group of Muslim men and boys who were arrested in June 2006 and
accused of terror-related activity.
    Fahim Ahmad, Zakaria Amara and Mohammed Dirie have now been held in
solitary confinement for more than 800 days. Prisoner rights advocates argue
that 30 days is the maximum length of time anyone should ever be held in
solitary confinement, after which serious mental health risks develop.
    The media conference will feature a life-size replica of the jail cell in
which each of the men is currently held. Media and Members of Provincial
Parliament will be welcome to step inside the cell to inspect conditions of
detention in Ontario-run jails.

    WHAT:    Media conference
    DATE:    Wednesday, September 24, 2008
    TIME:    10:00 a.m.
    PLACE:   South Entrance, Main Legislative Building
             Queen's Park, Toronto

    The Presumption of Innocence Project is a broad-based coalition that
supports and defends civil liberties, the right to a fair trial and the
presumption of innocence.

For further information:

For further information: James Clark, spokesperson, (416) 795-5863
(cellular); Chantal Sundaram, spokesperson, (647) 223-3902 (cellular)

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