By John Bonnar
From the press release:
Egyptian Refugee Mohammad Mahjoub was in court again yesterday in a bid to end proceedings against him after a court-ordered inquiry into a Department of Justice seizure of his confidential legal documents found multiple instances of prejudice that make continued trial against Mr. Mahjoub untenable.
Last summer, the government seized boxes of confidential materials belonging to Mr. Mahjoub and his lawyers from the court, viewed and copied them and mixed them with their own. The Court ordered an independent third party, Prothonotory Aalto, to supervise the separation of these documents. The results of Prothonotory Aalto’s supervised review are being presented to the court. They show multiple instances of Highly Privileged documents and Extremely Privileged documents viewed by the Department of Justice.
“The Department of Justice seized my legal documents and misled the courts,” Mr. Mahjoub said. “I’ve lost all my confidence in the Department of Justice and the security establishment.”
Mr. Mahjoub has been detained without charge under a “security certificate” since June 2000. Despite numerous scandals – from CSIS listening in to calls with his lawyers, to the use of illegal information obtained under torture – the case has dragged on for almost 12 years.