Globe and Mail | Feb. 20, 1999 | Eugene Harasymiw
"For crimes not committed"

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February 20, 1999     Faxed to: (416) 585-5085

The Editor
Globe and Mail
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Dear Editor:

"For crimes not committed" (Feb. 20, 1999) by Kirk Makin ranks as one of the boldest and most insightful pieces of journalism of the past decade. Bravo to the Globe.

Terry Beitner of Anne McLellan's "War Crimes Unit" lamely points out in defence of the denaturalization and deportation policy that "there is no principle in law that requires the government to use criminal law where other principles and remedies can be involved." That those other principles and remedies take the form of misleading the court, of submitting blatantly falsified evidence, of parading laughable witnesses, and then withdrawing the substantive charges that form the crux of the case at the outset of a trial -- all this does not seem to deter Mr. Beitner and Ms. McLellan from savaging their victims' civil liberties and debasing the justice system they are both sworn to uphold.

Yours truly,

Eugene Harasymiw, LL.B.
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