Sunday, June 15, 2008

Ottawa urged to press Celil case

The wife of a Canadian citizen who is serving a life sentence in China after being accused of being a terrorist is asking Ottawa to press her husband's case with the Chinese government and use the upcoming Beijing Olympics to secure his release.

Kamila Telendibaeva, wife of Huseyin Celil, begged the Canadian government to do something to help free her husband before Canada sends its athletes to Beijing. Speaking at a news conference yesterday held by Amnesty International to kick off its annual general meeting, Telendibaeva said she was optimistic that Canada would take action before the Olympic Games.

"It's time to take strong action to convince the Chinese government to release my husband," she said.

She told the packed news conference she is worried about her husband, his health and the conditions he may be living in. She has not spoken to him since March 2006, although she has received a letter from him through his family in China. Members of his family in China saw Celil last December, she said.

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