The secret trial 5

The secret trial 5 comes at the right time. After the attack on Ottawa on October 22, some think it is important to remember how easy it is for our government to erode our individual rights in the name of a so-called “War on terror”. This documentary tells the story of five Canadian men arrested between 2000 and 2003 under a weird process called “security certificates”. Around since 1978, they were mostly used by Chretien’s Liberals following the attack on the World Trade Centre. Security certificates are used in order to detain and deport an individual (in most cases what the government calls “foreign nationals” or refugee), if that individual is deemed a threat to national security. Only problem is neither the accused or their lawyer know what the charges are (actually there is no charges) or see the proof against them. They are not able to view their file and as a result, unable to defend themselves. And there is no trial. In The secret trial 5 we get to meet those men and their families, feel the pain of waiting in vain. Deportation for some of them means torture. Some of the security certificates detainees have had some degrees of success fighting this unfair process, but most are still under strict house arrest. Mohamed Harkat’s wife, Sophie has taken centre stage during the protest. We also meet lawyers and constitutional experts. Looking at The secret trial 5 reminded me that on August 16, 2013, film director John Greyson and Dr. Tarek Loubani were jailed in Egypt. There was no charges or trial. Their release came on October 5, 2013. If we found it unacceptable from the Egyptian government, why would it be acceptable from ours? Is the film biased? Sure. All films are biased. But the government refused to be interviewed. Of course.

On the following link is a petition supporting Mohamed Harkat : http://www.harkatstatement.com

Rémi-Serge Gratton

 

 The secret trial 5

 

Directed by: 
Amar Wala
 
Screenplay by: 
Amar Wala
 
84 min.
 
Rated Parental Guidance

 

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