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July 30, 2003

Good Morning from the Zundelsite:

I talked to Ernst last night. I quote from memory:

"Today it was high drama. It was like in the olden days. [Defense

attorney] Doug Christie was at his best. He asked the judge to

recuse himself for bias. That took real courage - for a lawyer to

tell a judge he is biased and should not continue hearing this case.

Doug's performance today was awesome."


When I asked if a decision regarding bail had been made, Ernst said:

"Of course not. The government lawyer just keeps on smearing me.

It's character assassination, as always."


Here is a report from the Zundel Bail Hearings: Day 3











B.C. lawyer, Douglas H. Christie electrified a Toronto

Federal Courtroom Wednesday when he rose and made a motion calling

on Judge Pierre Blais to recuse himself for bias. Mr. Christie said

that Blais' comments Tuesday where he said he did not believe Ernst

Zundel did not control the Zundelsite showed a hostility to the

German-born publisher that prejudiced the trial.


On Tuesday, Judge Blais had said: "Do you think for a minute

that I'm going to believe that you have no control over the web

site. A web site is like a book."


A visibly-upset Doug Christie had risen and objected, "I

object. A web site is not like a book. It can change three times or

more a day. It can change in a keystroke".


As the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act is written,

Christie said, "No right of judicial review exists. In normal

trials, a judge's interruption of cross examination can be

supervised by the Court of Appeals but not under this legislation."


"Your Lordship has entered into the arena and displayed

hostility to the accused on numerous occasions. You intervened in

cross examination to demonstrate open hostility to Mr. Zundel," Mr.

Christie said.


"You said repeatedly you did not believe Mr. Zundel regarding

the ownership of the Zundelsite, but this is a bail hearing," Mr.

Christie argued. "You've not heard evidence of the owner of the web

site. Before you have heard from Ingrid Rimland, the owner of the

web site, you called Ernst Zundel a liar. To a reasonable [word

missing], it would seem that the decision in this trial has already

been made," Christie said. In the mind of a reasonable observer,

this would create a apprehension of hostility and bias."


"Your statement regarding disbelief in Mr. Zundel's word was

far broader. You said: 'The more you talk, the less I believe you.'"


"I point out until all the evidence is heard, judgment as to

credibility must be suspended," said Christie.


Referring to the book, The Hitler We Loved and Why, Judge

Blais had interrupted and questioned Ernst Zundel, "Come on, Mr.

Zundel, you put this book together."


"However," Mr. Christie said, "Mr. Zundel had testified Mr.

Eric Thompson had put this book together," and Mr. Zundel had simply

supplied the photographs.


"How does this book have anything to do with the security of

Canada?" Mr. Christie demanded. "It is at worst opinion. Mr. Zundel

should not be on trial for his opinion."


Under the Immigration Act in there, where a person is the

subject of a Canadian Security and Intelligence Service (CSIS)

threat to national security certificate, a judge reviewing the

reasonableness of this certificate is his one and only hearing. "You

are the court of last resort, the court of appeal in this matter,"

Mr. Christie argued. "It must, therefore, be demonstrable to all

people that there is no apprehension of bias. Mr. Zundel is faced

with instant deportation. The consequences for him are very severe,"

Canada's Battling Barrister warned.


Mr. Christie said that Judge Blais' bias "is contrary to

fundamental justice. A reasonable observer would conclude your

decision cannot be impartial. Your Lordship's interventions have

been more aggressive than the Crown's cross examination," Mr.

Christie charged.


Later, Doug Christie commented privately that Judge Blais had

called investigative journalist Andrew Mitrovica's book, Covert

Entry, an expose of CSIS' spy tactics and opening of mail, a novel."

This book will form an important part of Mr. Zundel's case. This

book and its revelation that CSIS apparently knew that a May 1995

terrorist bomb was coming for Ernst Zundel and did nothing will form

an important part of Mr. Zundel's case.


Judge Blais noted that it would take until August 12 for the

transcript to be prepared. He indicated that he wanted to study the

exact words used. With the agreement of both parties, he said he

would reserve judgment about recusing himself until some time in



Crown prosecutor, Donald MacIntosh, used most of the rest of

the day to question Mr. Zundel about a wide range of connections.

Although Mr. Zundel had testified that he had turned down a speaking

invitation to attend a December 1990 Martyrs' Day Rally sponsored by

the Heritage Front which honored fallen dissident, Robert Mathews,

he was questioned at length about the people who had attended that



In CSIS's highly charged accusation against Mr. Zundel, the

term White Supremacist is widely used. Ernst Zundel told McIntosh,

"'White Supremacists' is not a term used by nationalists or the

right wing. It is a propaganda term used by the enemy."


Just before the lunch break, the judge dropped his own

bombshell. "The Crown has asked for a new presentation in camera,"

he said, referring to another secret hearing where the defence will

have no knowledge of who testifies or what is said.


"Can your Lordship advise me when this request was made or is

that secret too," Doug Christie asked.


"Yesterday," Judge Blais informed him.


Doug Christie demanded that the defence be provided with a

summary of the evidence presented in the secret hearing. "I ask that

your Lordship follow the same procedure laid down by the Supreme

Court for SIRC (The Security and Intelligence Review Committee) in a

national security case in Chiarelli". In this ruling, the Supreme

Court upheld procedures by SIRC whereby in an immigration and

national security hearing, secret evidence was heard. The Court

ruled that the secret hearing did not violate Mr. Chiarelli's Charter

rights because his lawyer had been given a summary of the evidence

and the opportunity to submit questions to probe this evidence.

Judge Blais said he rejected Mr. Christie's interpretation of the

Chiarelli decision and would not promise any disclosure. "I will

accept the request by the Crown to produce new evidence in camera and

will see whether it is necessary to provide any more summary to Mr.



Before adjourning until September 23 and thus leaving

revisionist publisher Ernst Zundel, now ailing, for another two

months in solitary confinement at the Metro West Detention Center,

the matter of Mr. Zundel's prison conditions was again [raised] by

Douglas Christie. Mr. Christie reported his frustration at being

unable to obtain complete documentary evidence of the results of Mr.

Zundel's [medical] tests last week. Mr. Christie also pointed out

that Ernst Zundel has been denied a chair, a pillow, pen,

post-it-notes and highlighters.


An angry Judge Blais said, "If there is any possibility

within the parameters of the law, I want to improve his condition.

"Is there anybody here from the Detention Center?" he demanded. As

on Monday, there was no answer from the provincial prison



"I will make a written direction that Mr. Zundel be treated

with more flexibility," Judge Blais said.


"Even in medieval times, prisoners were allowed to use pen

and paper," Judge Blais asserted. "I also have respect for Mr.

Zundel. He is not a criminal. I think he is entitled to a little bit

of flexibility," the Judge said.


It was decided that the Crown would send a letter to the

Province of Ontario to seek more humane treatment for Mr. Zundel.

However, if no results are achieved within a few days, there will be

a conference call among Judge Blais, Crown attorney, Donald

MacIntosh, defense lawyer, Doug Christie and provincial authorities.


All three days of hearings saw the courtroom nearly filled,

mostly with supporters of Ernst Zundel, some who had traveled from

as far away as London. Angered at yet another secret hearing and

frustrated by the Crown's seemingly endless delays and petty

questioning about Mr. Zundel's obscure political acquaintances, the

free speech supporters gave the German-born publisher a rousing

cheer as he left the courtroom.


Several were in tears as they thanked lawyer, Doug Christie,

for fighting for improved health conditions for Mr. Zundel and

embraced him as he left the University court building.


-- Paul Fromm






Hearings resume Monday, July 28, in Federal Court in Toronto (361

University Avenue) in the case of German born publisher Ernst Zündel. The

purpose hearings before Mr. Justice Blais is twofold: to consider

application for Mr. Zündel's release from detention and to consider the

reasonableness of a CSIS certificate branding the German pacifist and

Revisionist publisher a "terrorist" and a threat to national security.


The defence team, led by Victoria lawyer and noted free speech defender

Douglas H. Christie, will be pressing for Mr. Zündel's release. Zündel, who

has been under attack for his unorthodox historical ideas since 1980, has

been the object of continued harassment by the anti-free speech lobby in

Canada. The defence team will point to Mr. Zündel's long history of

compliance with more than a dozen bails and court orders over the years.


Prior to the hearing before Mr. Justice Blais, Mr. Christie will file a

motion of habeas corpus in Ontario Superior Court in an effort to affect

Mr. Zündel's release.


"Ernst Zündel is prevented by the mediaeval prison conditions from

preparing an adequate defence for his several Canadian and American legal

cases," says Paul Fromm of the Canadian Association for Free Expression.

"Despite repeated representations to prison authorities and to the

Minister, Mr. Zündel is denied pens, post-it notes, highlighters and even a

chair. His sole means of marking up volumes of legal documents are stubs of

pencils, like the ones you'd use on your scorecard in a bowling alley,"

Fromm explains. "Despite assurances from the Ministry of Public Safety and

Security that stationery materials are permitted to prisoners, I've been

told by prison authorities that these items are 'contraband,'" Fromm charges.


Three days, July 28-30, are scheduled for this round in the

Zündel case, which began May 9. Mr. Zündel came to Canada as a landed

immigrant in 1958.


He was a highly successful graphic artist. In 2000, he moved to the U.S.

and married a U.S. citizen, author Ingrid Rimland, [Ed.D.] an education

psychologist. Mr. Zündel was deported to Canada, February 19, on alleged

immigration violations. He vigorously rejects these charges and is pursuing

redress in the American courts before the Sixth Circuit in Cincinnati.


"There is clear evidence of a murderous hostility on the part of the

Canadian Security and Intelligence Service toward Mr. Zündel," Fromm

charges. He points to the book COVERT ENTRY by journalist Andrew Mitrovica.

In it, former CSIS operative John Farrell reveals that CSIS operated

widespread opening of the mail of rightwing activists, including Mr.

Zündel. Farrell charged that he was twice warned in 1995 not to open

packages from B.C. addressed to Zündel. Later that month, a powerful

pipebomb sent from a Vancouver address arrived at Ernst Zündel's Toronto

house. "Apparently, CSIS knew a bomb was headed for Mr. Zündel and did

nothing to warn or protect him or the postal workers who might handle this

lethal weapon," says Fromm.


One of the witnesses being brought by Mr. Zündel's defence is [California] lawyer

Bruce Leichty. Mr. Justice Blais, in considering Mr. Zündel's

application for bail, wanted more information on his U.S. immigration

situation. Crown lawyer Donald MacIntosh had alleged that Mr.

Zündel had failed to attend U.S. immigration hearings and was, therefore, a

poor risk for bail. Mr. Leichty is a U.S. immigration expert and is now in

charge of [Ingrid] Zündel's U.S. legal efforts [to free her husband].

He will testify that Mr. Zündel was scrupulous in his compliance with

U.S. authorities.


Mr. Leichty FEDEXed ahead a file of legal documents supporting his case to

defence team member Barbara Kulaszka. These legal documents have been

detained by Canadian Customs and will not be available Monday when they are

needed, laywer Kulaszka was told. This is not the first time Canada's

Customs censors have harassed Mr. Zündel's defence team.


Despite requests to respect legal privilege, Paul Fromm's legal papers,

including statements from a potential U.S. witness, were searched and

temporarily seized by Customs officials at Pearson Airport on June 11.


"The detention of Mr. Leichty's papers leaves the strong suspicion that

the Crown will have advance and unfair access to the Defence case," says

Mr. Fromm.



Paul Fromm,


P.O. Box 332,

Rexdale, ON., M9W 5L3

PH: 905-897-722




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