- Good Morning from the Zundelsite:
- Yesterday, when Ernst called to give me an update on
the two-day court hearings, he summarized the gist as follows, quoted from
memory here: "The opposition is extremely nervous and very upset."
And, with a little laugh: "They are one inch away from having their
belly ripped open..." - meaning, of course, not individual orthodox
Holocaust story aficionados, heaven forbid, but the entire corrupt system
that cooperated not only in Ernst's kidnapping last year but for many,
many years before, trying by mayhem and attempted murder to prevent the
forensically exposed Holocaust fraud story from reaching a larger audience.
- Paul Fromm, who usually reports extensively, was not
at this hearing. The report below was written by one of the audience attendees
rooting for Ernst:
- Dear Ingrid,
- I wonder if my mentioning of the more relaxed atmosphere
in the courtroom yesterday brought about a quick return to "normal"
procedures today. The other guards were back and Ernst, once more, had
to carry his binders by himself. All around there appeared to be more
tension. It may have been caused by the presence of some big guns such
as Bernie Farber [of the Canadian Jewish Congress] who, however, left before
noon. But three other lawyers were also added to the proceedings, those
being the counsels of Mr. Mitrovica, Mr. Diamant and Mr. Landy. [Landry?]
That resulted in a lack of space which prompted Marvin Kurz, one of the
laywers for the Jewish side, with whom we are familiar from the Human Rights
Tribunal, to sit beside Ernst. Not the best arrangement to feel relaxed,
- [Ingrid's comment: Ernst told me last night that on
the tip of his tongue was this comment: "You're now in my minefield,
Marvin!" He told me that Marvin was extremely jumpy and nervous.
His legs beneath the desk did a virtual St. Vitus Dance. ]
- The session started at 9:30 a.m. and more than half an
hour was used by Peter Lindsay to introduce his new colleagues - they address
each other with "friend". Since the questioning of CSIS intelligence
officer David Stewart was completed the night before, the counsels had
agreed to use this day to defend and challenge the motions that the defence
had tabled regarding subpoenas for a number of witnesses.
- Peter Lindsay, in his attempt to get to the real reason
for the Security Certificate [issued against Ernst], stated that it had
not come about through evidence but rather by way of pressure applied by
Jewish groups. He spoke of a vendetta dating back to 1985 and the cooperation
between US and Canadian intelligence in the issuing of this document. The
judge was visibly upset by this allegation and reacted with admonishments.
- [Ingrid's comment here. To my great satisfaction, the
documents obtained through Freedom of Information requests on both sides
of the border proving collusion between Canada and the United States in
the Zundel kidnapping were introduced as evidence. They have yielded some
very telling names and connections. Why do I have the feeling that more
will be introduced yet?]
- Peter Lindsay then proceeded to show that representatives
of the Jewish Congress had put pressure on the Minister of Immigration,
Denis Coderre, to issue the Certificate. Proof of this, he said, was an
article in the Toronto Star, early in 2003, in which Mr. Bernie Farber
had said that "Canada should use any means to get Mr. Zundel out of
the country, including the issuing of a Security Certificate".
- [Serendipity! As I was opening my mail yesterday, there
was a copy of a letter written by a Gary Lunn, Member of Parliament, to
one of the Zundel supporters, in which Lunn brags about having practiced
censorship: "... in 2000 (sic) I joined all House of Commons parties
in denying Ernst Zundel the right to use the Parliamentary Press Gallery"
and expresses his dismay that "Mr. was admitted to Canada in February
2003, even thought Immigration Minister received advanced warning."
Now isn't that an amazing statement! In a normal deportation, a Minister
of Immigration would hardly have been bothered to receive "advanced
warning"! This bears further exploration as to who warned Coderre,
and why - how else would Coderre have known or cared that Ernst was going
to be kidnapped and extradited? And there was no collusion?] A heated
argument ensued when the judge rejected the last part of the quotation
as originating with Mr. Farber. He said that "it was not in the quote.
It was only in the editorial of the Toronto Star". Peter Lindsay then
quotes Farber on another point where he speaks about how to deal with Zundel
- in the name of the Jewish Congress: "What Farber here suggests is
exactly what happened. It's not about national security but about the agenda
that's been followed since 1985". Upon this, Judge Blais takes up
considerable time to admonish Lindsay further for "lack of precision".
- After the lunch break the battle for the subpoenas got
into full swing and a lengthy discussion regarding procedural matters was
carried on, which prompted the judge to say that "we may be here again
until eight. I won't be popular with you and in the end Mr. Zundel may
be more popular than I - just kidding". [Ingrid's comment: He already
is, Judge Blair! You just haven't caught up to that yet. By the way,
there is an incredibly interesting anecdote about Peter Lindsey trying
to serve a subpoena to John Farrell and running into some shall-we-say
helpful interference to save Farrell from having to come and testify how
he was warned in 1995 by one of his CSIS bosses not to touch the parcel
bomb meant to assassinate Ernst. I don't know if I'm at liberty to tell
that story yet!]
- Mr. Lindsay then reveals that in Andrew Mitrovica's book,
"COVERT ENTRY: Spies, Lies and Crimes inside Canada's Secret Service",
on the bottom of page four, CSIS is called "a corrupt organization".
Copies of the book are handed out by Peter Lindsay and he reads several
more passages. The judge also buys a book. After that The crown's counsel,
John MacIntosh, jumps to his feet and calls the book fiction, "a novel".
Because the judge gives support to this opinion, Peter Lindsay starts talking
about the overriding item, the pipe bomb that was sent to Ernst Zundel
from Vancouver with the aim to assassinate him. Therefore it is important
to subpoena Mr. Mitrovica and Mr. Farrell. "This is very critical
with respect to giving Mr. Zundel a fair trial". The judge, Mr. Pierre
Blais, will come to a decision about this over the weekend. However, the
next witness to appear in this court, on Tuesday, May 4, at 9:30, will
be judge Lauren Marshall, a lawyer who represented Ernst Zundel in his
initial deportation battle in 1985. The agenda for May 5th has not been
agreed upon yet.
- That's it for today. All the best to you, Ingrid!
- Help free Ernst Zundel, Prisoner of Conscience. His
prison sketches - now on-line and highly popular - help pay for his defense.
Take a look - and tell a friend.