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Detention of Saeed Malekpour in Iran

Hon. Linda Frum: My question is for the Leader of the Government in the Senate. For over 10 years now Saeed Malekpour, a Canadian resident, has been imprisoned in Iran on bogus charges. After a decade of mistreatment, his health has seriously deteriorated and his family fears for his life. What is the Government of Canada doing to secure the release of Mr. Malekpour and provide for his safe return to Canada?

Hon. Peter Harder (Government Representative in the Senate): As the honourable senator will know from previous discussions about this, the Government of Canada has brought this case to the attention of leadership in Iran. I will make inquiries to determine what the latest round of those conversations have been. But, again, we are in a situation where issues of human rights and of the need to advocate for those who are inappropriately incarcerated is very high on the list of Canadian priorities.

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