[fse-esf] URGENT: please sign petition for Javied Aslam
alex.callinicos at kcl.ac.uk
Mon Nov 13 17:06:17 CET 2006
I am sending you a petition protesting against the threatened deportation of the President of the Pakistani Community in Greece. This is a case that concerns both the rights of migrant workers and the general threat to civil liberties represented by the 'war on terrorism'. Please sign this petition and circulate it to others. Send signatures to the Greek Stop the War Coalition jspg at otenet.gr.
Free Javied Aslam, stop his extradition to Pakistan!
Javied Aslam, the democratically elected President of the Pakistani Community in Greece was arrested in Athens on Monday November 6 and is threatened with expulsion from Greece to Pakistan. He is accused by the Pakistan authorities of illegal human trafficking and the Greek police have rushed to implement an Interpol warrant for his arrest, despite the fact that a Greek Court of Justice acquitted Javied of such charges on September 29 this year.
The governments of Kostas Karamanlis in Greece and Pervez Musharaf in Pakistan are openly and unashamedly cooperating in order to take revenge on the man that brought to public attention the scandal of illegal arrests and interrogation by the Greek and British secret services last year. Twenty eight members of the Pakistani Community in Greece have come forward to testify that they were seized from their homes in Athens and Yannena in the summer of 2005, held in secret prisons of the Greek Intelligence Service (EYP) and tortured while MI 6 agents watched. There was not a shred of evidence against them and they were all released but threatened not to say anything about this.
It was only thanks to the courage of Javied Aslam that the antiwar movement in Greece was able to disclose this scandal and force the resignation of the then Minister of Public Order Giorgos Voulgarakis. It was a political defeat for the "secret renditions" programme of Bush and Blair and their Greek allies. Now they want to punish Javied Aslam.
We appeal to the international antiwar movement and to public opinion in all countries to mobilize in defense of Javied Aslam. We demand his immediate release from jail and a stop to all extradition proceedings. A successful defense of Javied will be a victory for all those trying to protect democratic rights around world from the attacks of Bush' s endless war.
Petros Constantinou, Stop the War Coalition, jspg at otenet.gr, 00306932828964
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