Potato farmer jailed for a year in Beirut alleges Harper government violated his safety in $16.5 million lawsuit - 2019-05-05

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F0.png Potato farmer jailed for a year in Beirut alleges Harper government violated his safety in $16.5 million lawsuit May 5, 2019, Kevin Bissett, National Post

FREDERICTON — Documents filed with the Federal Court show the former Harper government was concerned about the legal and political fallout from how it dealt with a New Brunswick potato farmer jailed for more than a year in Lebanon.

Henk Tepper languished in a Beirut jail cell in 2011 and 2012 on allegations he tried to export diseased potatoes to Algeria.

In 2013 he launched a lawsuit against the Canadian government, saying the government didn't do enough to try to secure his freedom, and therefore his right to life, liberty and security of person were violated.

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