|Karin Spaink on Fri, 8 Jun 2001 22:42:23 +0200 (CEST)|
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|[Nettime-nl] Keith Henson free - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE|
Date: Friday, June 08, 2001, 22:31 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE === Today in Toronto, California free speech activist Keith Kenson won a stunning victory in the first stage of his application for refugee status in Canada. Henson, an American, fled the US fearing fears that he would be persecuted in prison after being convicted for his public criticism of the church of scientology. He was convicted under an obscure clause of California law that forbids "interfering with a religion." "I'm just glad to be out and in Canada," says Henson from the home of his sponsor, Toronto Scientology critic Gregg Hagglund. Henson was detained for more than a week after Church of Scientology officials in Toronto complained to Immigration about his presence in Canada and depicted him as "dangerous". Today, he was released and his application for refugee status was accepted. Decision about that status might take up to two years. Henson was represented by the law firm of Mamman and Associates. For the present, Henson will remain in Toronto. He says he's not going to stop fighting what he sees as injustices perpetrated by the cult. "I was calling attention to scientology's callous disregard for human life." says Henson. "I just wish I'd been able to do it in my own country." For more information, please contact Keith Henson or Gregg Hagglund or counsel Guidy Mamann of Mamann & Associates or by visiting the Free Henson website at http://www.operatingthetan.com Contact information: Keith Henson c/o Gregg Hagglund Email: email@example.com Url: http://www.operatingthetan.com or http://freehenson.da.ru Telephone: 905-844-6216 2237 Mund's Ave Oakville, ON L6H 3M9 Canada Henson's counsel Mr. Guidy Mamann of Mamann & Associates. http://www.migrationlaw.com Email: firstname.lastname@example.org (416) 862-0000 74 Victoria Street, Suite 303 Toronto, Canada M5C 2A5 ==============End of original message text=========== - K - -- He's not the worst actor I've ever seen but not everybody can be Jean Claude Van Damme. - Andrew Dorman on Swans list, 1999-10-15 ______________________________________________________ * Verspreid via nettime-nl. Commercieel gebruik niet * toegestaan zonder toestemming. <nettime-nl> is een * open en ongemodereerde mailinglist over net-kritiek. * Meer info, archief & anderstalige edities: * http://www.nettime.org/. * Contact: Menno Grootveld (email@example.com).