First Published: 2011-04-14

 

Galloway to sue Canada government over Gaza 'terror' defamation

 

British ex-MP seeks $1.5 million from Canadian government for accusing him of being member of terrorist group.

 

Middle East Online

Was prevented from speaking at anti-war forums in Canada in 2009

LONDON - Firebrand British former lawmaker George Galloway is to sue the Canadian government for $1.5 million over claims made against him in 2009, it was announced Wednesday.

A statement of claim alleging defamation and misfeasance of public office was Tuesday served on Immigration, Nationalities and Multiculturalism minister Jason Kenney and his assistant Alykhan Velshi.

Kenney and Velshi accused the Scottish politician of being a member of a terrorist group and of being a threat to Canada's national security in 2009 when justifying Galloway's ban from entering the Commonwealth nation.

Galloway was notified in March 2009 by border officials that his donations of cars and cash to the Hamas-run government in Gaza made him inadmissible to Canada, as Hamas is listed in Canada as a terrorist organization.

He was later denied an injunction that might have allowed him to speak at anti-war forums in Canada.

A federal court dismissed an application by his supporters, saying: "Upon review, the court found that Mr. Galloway did not attempt to enter Canada, and so no legally reviewable decision to exclude him was made."

In October 2010, Galloway visited Canada and was welcomed by anti-war activists in Toronto.

"I’m very happy to be here in Canada and my presence here proves that Canada remains a country governed by laws and not by ‘here today, gone tomorrow’ politicians," he was quoted as saying then.

 

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