Minister flies to Ethiopia to press for Canadian's release

May 23, 2010 Full story: Edmonton Journal

OTTAWA a ' Transport Minister John Baird met Wednesday with Bashir Makhtal, the Canadian businessman who has been held in Ethiopian jails since December 2006.

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#1 May 23, 2010
The behaviour of the Canadian government is beyond belief. Here is a man caught red handed by the Kenyan authorities and was handed over to the Ethiopian authorities. According to the court the guy is ONLF terrorist. But he has one advantage, he has a Canadian passport and hasn't killed A CANADIAN NOR AN AMERICAN NOR A EUROPEN. So he must be innocent. It seems the indiscriminate killings of women and children by ONLF and OLF terrorists in Ethiopia doesn't qualify them as terrorists unless they kill some westerners. The killing of the Chinese civilians didn't constitute terrorism either for this terrorists still have there offices in North America and Europe and still propagate as to how many they killed. How about if we give refugee status and offices to Al qaeda terrorists? Then we will be labeled as terrorist nation.
Canadians and Europeans have to stop this theater of the absurd and respect all countries as equal. Suppose Ethiopia refuses to hand over this guy, what then, the minister will threaten to stop economic assistance? This is beyond words. Shame On Canada.

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