Jul 28, 2011
Hank Tepper, a New Brunswick farmer has been jailed in Lebanon for 4 months over allegations that he sold potatoes unfit for human consumption to Algeria.
Tepper owns Tobique farms, one of N.B.’s largest producers, and was overseas trying to secure new markets for his produce when he was detained.
Jim Mockler, Tepper’s lawyer is disappointed with the slow reaction of both the Department of Foreign Affairs and the Prime Minister’s office in their attempts to secure Tepper’s release. Mockler reminded the CBC that Tepper has yet to be charged and yet has still been imprisoned in poor conditions for 4 months.
Supporters of Tepper want answers and action from the Federal Government. On Tuesday 125 people gathered in support of Tepper in Drummond N.B. urging the Canadian Government to push for Tepper’s release.
To read the CBC news article click here