Minister of State Ablonczy Welcomes Acquittal of Canadian Held in Bahrain

February 16, 2012 - The Honourable Diane Ablonczy, Minister of State of Foreign Affairs (Americas and Consular Affairs), made the following statement on learning that Canadian Naser Al-Raas was cleared today of all charges by the Bahrain Appeal Court:

“We are pleased that Mr. Al-Raas has been acquitted by the Bahraini Appeal Court. We would like to express our appreciation to the Bahraini authorities for, in the case of Mr. Al-Raas, applying the recommendations made by the Bahrain Independent Commission of Inquiry to ensure, among other things, free political expression and protection from arbitrary detention.

“Consular officials in Ottawa, Riyadh and Manama are in contact with Mr. Al-Raas and his family in both Bahrain and Canada. We are providing consular assistance and encourage his return to safety in Canada.”

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John Babcock
Senior Communications Adviser
Office of the Minister of State of Foreign Affairs (Americas and Consular Affairs)

Foreign Affairs Media Relations Office
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