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N.B. premier trying to help farmer in Lebanon


April 11, 2011
By The Canadian Press

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April 11, 2011,
Fredericton, NB – Premier David Alward says the New Brunswick and federal
governments are working to help a farmer from the province who has been
detained in Lebanon.

April 11, 2011,
Fredericton, NB – Premier David Alward says the New Brunswick and federal
governments are working to help a farmer from the province who has been
detained in Lebanon.

Joe Brennan of Potatoes
New Brunswick
has confirmed that Henk Tepper was accompanying a load of
potatoes to Lebanon when he was stopped.

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He said Tepper is being
held in the Middle Eastern country, but he didn’t know why.

Alward said he has spoken
with the family, but he won’t divulge any details.

“The family has asked that
the specifics of this situation be kept private,” he said.

Alward said he has known
Tepper for years and that his farm in Drummond is one of the largest potato
operations in the upper St. John River Valley.

Alward said the province
has been in contact with the Department of Foreign Affairs.

A spokeswoman for the
department wouldn’t comment on Tepper’s case because of Privacy Act
restrictions.


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