Canuck at risk

Canuck at risk
by CP

TORONTO -- A Canadian man detained in Uzbekistan faces execution if surrendered to his native China because of his former career as a political dissident, a family friend said yesterday.
Huseyincan Celil has been held since March 26 in the capital city of Tashkent, said Seyit Aydogan, who fears the Uzbekistan government will hand Celil over to Chinese officials.
"Uzbekistan intends to repatriate him to China where he will face a definite execution because of his past political activities," said Aydogan. "Celil holds only a Canadian passport. He denounced his Chinese citizenship."
Foreign Affairs spokesman Kim Girtel confirmed yesterday that a Canadian citizen is being detained in Uzbekistan.

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