Interfaith Group to Push for Release of Montreal Man Jailed in India

January 29, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The Canadian Press

Former justice minister Irwin Cotler and an interfaith delegation will meet with Indian authorities in Ottawa on Monday in hopes of freeing a Montreal businessman imprisoned in northeastern India.

Saul Itzhayek, 42, was sentenced to three years in jail on accusations of entering the country from Nepal with an expired visa. He has been held in the remote, rat-infested Motihari Prison since last May.

Cotler, the MP for Itzhayek's Mount-Royal riding, has been campaigning for his release.

"We are hoping for a concrete sign from the Indian government that, in fact, they will use the executive authority that they have to release Saul Itzhayek and return him to Canada," he said Sunday.