Political Prisoner Brad Love May Not Write Letters to Anyone -- Yes, That's In
Herr are the conditions imposed on Mr. Love who was arrested by eight burly Metro police who burst into a free speech meeting sponsored by the Canadian Association for Free Expression in Rexdale, Thursday, March 19.
- $2,000 cash bail paid by his sister-in-law
- $110,000 surety – the entire value of his brother and sister-in-law’s house
- Mr. Love is prohibited from sending mail to anyone, unless that person has specifically requested it;
- He must reside at his brother and sister-in-law’s
- He must get a job.
- He must keep the peace.
- A 10:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. curfew (just like some naughty 15 year old)
- He’s specifically forbidden to have any contact with the Canadian Jewish Congress, B’nai Brith or
, Peter Lindsay told CAFÉ. York University
The Crown had demanded Mr. Love’s continued incarceration for having written letters. The female Crown commented darkly that “Mr. Love’s purpose of returning surreptitiously to
“To the best of our knowledge, it’s not yet illegal to criticize Canada’s poxy, minority-inspired, thought gagging hate laws,” a furious Paul Fromm, director of the Canadian Association for Free Expression, said outside the court. “Besides, he isn’t charged with speaking to the free speech meeting.”
Mr. Love’s sister-in-law, promised the court: “We’re not going to have any newspapers in the house and we’ll review his outgoing mail.”
One of the Crown’s reasons for wanting Mr. Love kept in prison pending his trial, which Peter Lindsay said might not occur for six to nine months, is that he has not changed his political views: “It’s quite obvious,” she said, “his beliefs still exist and he’s not going to stop his behaviour no matter what conditions are put upon him. Despite sentences on his record, he is going to continue [to express himself.] He is an individual obsessed with racial hated and others sorts of hatred.”
In an interview with Café tonight, Mr. Love, settling down after enjoying his first decent meal in five days explained the writings that have stirred the powers that be to send him back to prison. He wrote taunting comments to the York University Student Union, B’nai Brith and the Canadian Jewish Congress on the occasion of Israel Equals Apartheid Week. Among his comments were: If all these
Mr. Lindsay told the court that the surety of $110,000 is more usually demanded in crimes of serious violence or murder, not for a man who wrote non-violent, non-threatening, even if provocative, letters. He also suggested that the previous parole condition that Mr. Love was not to write, FAX or e-mail letters to anyone who had not asked for this communication may well have violated his Charter rights to freedom of speech.
“It’s because it’s a thought crime,” Mr. Love commented on his legal shackles and restrictions. “
The Crown hinted that three police forces have an ongoing investigation into
Over a 20 year period, Mr. Love wrote over 10,000 letters to elected officials and newspapers. In 2003, he was sentenced to 18 months in jail under
“It seems the state is intent on shutting Brad Love up,” Paul Fromm observed. “What does it say about the emotional fragility of the powers that be that they can’t withstand a little needling and criticism from a blunt spoken working guy, without running to the State to have him gagged and jailed? And we’re over in