6 December 2005
TORONTO: Statement on behalf of missing CPTers by three Muslim detainees in
[Note: James (Jim) Loney has worked on the campaign to free three men
currently being held without charges under Canada's "security certificates."
You may send requests for their statement in the original Arabic to
To the people holding James Loney and the other Christian Peacemaker Team
Members in Iraq,
In the name of Allah, the Most Gracious and Merciful,
Our names are Mahmoud Jaballah, Mohammad Mahjoub and Hassan Almrei, and we
have been detained without charge for between four and five- and-a-half
years. Some of us have spent as many as four years in solitary confinement
as well. We are being held captive under security certificates because the
government of Canada alleges we are linked to terrorist organizations and
that we pose a threat to the national security of Canada. Allah is witness
to our innocence of these allegations.
We are suffering a great injustice here in Canada because the government
stereotypes Muslims and because of our strong faith and daily attendance to
mosque. We have been suffering innocently.
Many Canadians have heard of our injustice and have been supporting us in
our fight for freedom by contacting politicians, by holding demonstrations
in front of the jail, by writing letters to authorities and spreading the
word all over Canada by way of media.
James Loney of the Christian Peacemaker Teams is one of thousands of people
who have been fighting to right this wrong. He is a person who has organized
and motivated people to participate in this struggle for what is right. We
have recently seen a photo of him in the newspaper and it has saddened our
hearts to learn that he is being held captive in Iraq.
This is the same James Loney who has travelled to Iraq on more than one
occasion to help the people of Iraq. This is the same James Loney who has
reached out to the families of the Abu Ghraib prisoners. This is the James
Loney who was against the U.S. invasion and is against the U.S. occupation
It pains our heart to know that a person of this calibre is being held
captive. We care about his freedom more than we do our own.
If you love Allah, if you have goodness in your heart, please deal with this
matter as righteous Muslims and not let these kind, caring, compassionate
and innocent people suffer. Prophet Mohammad, Peace be upon Him, said, "If
you do not thank the people, you do not thank Allah." The Prophet, Peace be
Upon Him, also said, "If someone did a favour to you, try to return his
We hope and pray to see these captives freed as much as we hope and pray for
our own freedom here in Canada, a freedom for which James Loney has worked
For further information contact Campaign to Stop Secret Trials in Canada,+1
416 651-5800, firstname.lastname@example.org.