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Muslim Canadian Congress demands Police protection for Rocco Galati

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  • Tarek Fatah
    Press Release Muslim Canadian Congress demands immediate Police protection for Rocco Galati DEATH THREAT TO LAWYER SENDS FEAR AMOMG CANADA S MUSLIMS TORONTO,
    Message 1 of 1 , Dec 5, 2003
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      Press Release

      Muslim Canadian Congress demands
      immediate Police protection for Rocco Galati
      DEATH THREAT TO LAWYER SENDS FEAR AMOMG CANADA'S MUSLIMS

      TORONTO, December 5, 2003 — The Muslim Canadian Congress has asked
      the RCMP and Toronto Police to provide immediate protection to
      lawyer Rocco Galati, expressing alarm at the nonchalant approach
      they have taken in dealing with a serious death threat.

      "We are stunned at the cavalier attitude taken by the Toronto Police
      and the RCMP in dealing with Rocco Galati's appeal for help," said
      Amina Sherazee of the Muslim Canadian Congress. "By refusing to
      offer protection to Rocco Galati, the law enforcement agencies have
      sent a very dangerous message to Canada's Muslims—they are on their
      own from now on," said Ms Sherazee, herself a civil rights lawyer.

      The Muslim Canadian Congress has asked the Prime Minister, the
      Ontario Premier and the Mayor of Toronto to intervene in this matter
      and restore the faith of Canada's Muslims in Canada's judicial
      system; the core of which lies in the ability of all to be defended
      in court without intimidation or threats to their lawyers.

      Tarek Fatah, founding member of the MCC and host of the TV show, The
      Muslim Chronicle said the chilling message Muslims got from this
      incident is that "Not only are they subject to arbitrary arrest and
      detention, the lawyers who defend them could be intimidated into
      withdrawing from the case, as reflected in the abandonment of many
      cases by Mr. Galati."

      The Muslim Canadian Congress feels that this incident will instill
      fear, not just among Canada's Muslims, but also among lawyers. They
      will be deterred from taking up the cases of "brown skinned
      Muslims," as described by Rocco Galati "Muslims, who already face
      systemic racism in the judicial system will now find it difficult to
      find lawyers to stand up for them in court," said Amina Sherazee.

      We therefore demand that the Toronto Police:
      • Provide Mr. Galati with immediate protection
      • Prioritize the investigation of the threat

      We also demand that the Federal government
      • Instruct RCMP to provide police protection
      • Investigate the matter with Foreign Affairs

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      For more information please call Amina Sherazee at 416-934-4561
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