The Right Honourable Stephen Harper
Prime Minister of Canada
Office of the Prime Minister
80 Wellington Street
Ottawa, ON K1A 0A2
Dear Prime Minister Harper,
We are writing with a renewed sense of urgency about the case of Bashir Makhtal. Mr. Makhtal, a Canadian citizen of Ethiopian Ogadeni origin, has been imprisoned in Ethiopia since January 2007 and is serving a life prison term after an unfair trial and appeal.
Credible and troubling allegations have now come to Amnesty International’s attention, indicating that he may have been subject to torture and ill-treatment, may have made a confession because of that torture, and is possibly facing a number of serious health problems.
Mr. Makhtal has authorized that this information be shared openly and publicly as he hopes it will generate wider understanding of his plight and generate renewed and increased action on his behalf.
These very worrying reports require immediate attention and action from the Canadian government. In particular: