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NB potato grower still in jail


July 27, 2011
By The Canadian Press

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July
27, 2011, Drummond, NB – The lawyer for a New Brunswick farmer jailed in
Lebanon for more than four months says his client is being treated like a
criminal and the Canadian government is doing nothing to help.

July
27, 2011, Drummond, NB – The lawyer for a New Brunswick farmer jailed in
Lebanon for more than four months says his client is being treated like a
criminal and the Canadian government is doing nothing to help.

Jim
Mockler says Henk Tepper of Drummond is being held in a cell in Beirut because
of a commercial dispute with Algeria and has not been charged with anything.

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He
says Ottawa has done absolutely nothing to help and he finds that despicable.

Mocker
made the comment last night to about 125 people gathered at the community hall
in Tepper’s hometown.

Tepper
was detained in Lebanon on March 23rd under a criminal warrant issued by the
International Criminal Police Organization at the request of the Algerian
government.

Algeria
alleges that Tepper forged documents related to the export of Canadian potatoes
to the country in 2007 when he knew the potatoes were rotten.

Tepper’s
lawyer denied the allegation, stating the potatoes were inspected in Canada before
shipment and met Algerian standards.


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