Mahjoub in Court for Detention Review


September 20, 2013 by admin

HEARINGS ENDED TODAY, NO COURT SOLIDARITY TOMORROW.  Big thanks to all who came out and sent messages of support!

Wednesday, 16 and Thursday, 17 October 2013
9:30am – 5:30pm at Federal Court, Toronto, 180 Queen West, 6th floor

Mr. Mahjoub will be in court for a detention review on 16 and 17 October. Please join him to show your continued support as he waits, and waits, and waits, for the final decision in his case, now pending for an agonizing ten months. (See background here.)

Since the Supreme Court ruled in 2007 that the former security certificate legislation was unconstitutional, refugees detained under security certificates have been entitled to a detention review – but only every six months. In fact, these reviews very rarely take place within six months and it has been about ten months since the court last reviewed the conditions imposed on Mr. Mahjoub. That last review resulted in a significant victory, restoring many of Mr. Mahjoub’s freedoms late last winter.

Mr. Mahjoub will once again ask the court to free him entirely from the conditions imposed under the unconstitional security certificate legislation. He has been held under different forms of administrative detention since he was first arrested in June 2000 – more than thirteen years of his life.


** On Thursday, 10 October, Mohamed Harkat will be heard by the Supreme Court in Ottawa – challenging the legality of security certificate legislation for the second time. Two days of events are being organized in Ottawa by the Campaign to Stop Secret Trials in Canada and the Justice for Mohamed Harkat Committee:

– 7:30am, 10 Oct.: Vigil outside the Supreme Court (Wellington&Kent), Ottawa

– 9am, 10 Oct: Pack the courtroom in support of Mohamed and Sophie, Supreme Court (Wellington&Kent), Ottawa

– 7:30pm, 10 Oct: Staged reading of Kafka’s The Trial (with a revised script that incorporates Canada’s secret trial process), St Paul’s University Amphitheatre, 223 Main Street.

– 10am, 11 Oct: Where is the Justice? Where are the justices? Bring your magnifying glasses to join in the search! Meet on steps of Supreme Court (Wellington and Kent).

** The Justice for Mahjoub Network is calling on supporters to take action when the final decision in Mr. Mahjoub’s case is finally rendered ( We will have one week’s notice before the decision is made and will be letting supporters know immediately. Please plan actions that you can organize quickly and email to keep us in the loop and receive updates.

Justice for Mahjoub Network


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