Hunger-striking Mohammad Mahjoub wins release from prison (security certificate case)
From The Canadian Press
OTTAWA — A hunger-striker accused of terrorist links has once again been ordered freed from prison under strict conditions.
In a decision released Monday, Federal Court Justice Edmond Blanchard said Mohamed Zeki Mahjoub can leave a holding centre at Bath, Ont. — as long as he wears a monitoring bracelet and honours other restrictions.
Last month, Mahjoub said he had lost more than 50 pounds during a fast that began in June to protest his jail conditions. He was transferred last week to a hospital near Kingston due to concerns about his failing health.
The government is trying to deport Mahjoub, 50, using a national security certificate, claiming he was a high-ranking member of an Egyptian Islamic terrorist organization.
The Egyptian-born man came to Canada in 1995 and was found to be a refugee. He was arrested in June 2000.
Mahjoub, married with three children, was released under conditions amounting to house arrest in April 2007. However, he asked to return to prison after family supervising him said they could no longer deal with onerous conditions imposed by the court.
National security certificates are rarely used immigration tools for deporting non-Canadians considered a risk to the country.
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