Monday, January 19, 2009

Man accused of everything from fraud to terrorism stuck in limbo

Calgary's Remand Centre is a perilous melting pot of a jail. A way station for suspects awaiting trial, suspended parolees and immigration detainees, it is where refugees bunk with rapists, drunk drivers with drug dealers. In this strained jurisdiction, three or four inmates live 22 hours a day in cells built for two, some sleeping on the floor--a "nasty, dangerous place," as one lawyer puts it.

This is where Manjeet Singh Rattu, aka Manjit Singh, aka Mumtaz Sharif Rattu, aka Mohammed Rattu, an Indian national and Punjabi journalist, has lived for more than a year.

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