This is new, from Brussels. [seal Belgian Chambre of Representatives] Brussels, January 5, 1999 To the Honourable Anne McLellan Minister of Justice Government of Canada Your Honourable, On March 13, 1997, the Belgian Chambre of Representatives unanimously adopted a resolution on behalf of Leonard Peltier, requesting the United States Congress to hold a hearing on his case. As you know, the Canadian government is involved in specific elements of this case. Leonard Peltier was extradited to the United States on the basis of affidavits that have been acknowledged to be false by the Supreme Court of Canada and by the US-government in June 1989. In its 1989 decision the Supreme Court of Canada stated that the USA was "less than fortright" in the extradition application, that the affidavits used to obtain the extradition were "suspect to the point of fraud". The Supreme Court therefore urged the Canadian government to "seek immediate and effective diplomatic redress." The etradition was also subject of debate in the Canadian Parliament. I have been informed than an internal review of the case of Leonard Peltier has been made and has been cleared on June 8, 1998. It can now be released at your discretion. Under the terms of the extradition treaty between the US and Canada, if the party requesting extradition is shown to have made the request fraudulently, regardless of intent to do so, the person so extradited must immediately be returned to the country they were extradited from. it is obvious that if te review that Leonard Peltier's extraditio was fraudulently obtained, Canada must demand Peltier's return to Canadian soil. I do realize and understand that this case has diplomatic repercussions for the relationship between Canada and its most important economic partner, neighbour and friend. Justice and human dignity are however principles that can not be compromised. I know that Canada is a country that upholds respect for himan rights as an essential elements of its policy. Indeed, I have been able to admire personally in May 1998 the good work that your embassador is doing in Colombia. Doubtless, the Canadian government is doing much more in many other countries. Canada and the United States, as Belgium, are functioning democracies. As I know from my own national experience, democracies are not infallible. However what distinguishes democracies from any other forms of governance is their ability to learn from mistakes, even to become better. May I request the Honourable Minister of Justice of Canada to release the review on extradition of Leonard Peltier and to act accordingly. I trust that you will come to a just and fair decision, based on the contents of the case. Most sincerely, Lode Vanoost Member of the Chambre of Representatives [Belgian Parliament]
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