Edmonton man says he was held in Ottawa prison for six week, denied showers

An Edmonton man claims he was held in solitary confinement in a maximum security prison in Ottawa for six weeks and was denied access to his lawyer, medication and basic hygiene.

John Calvin - who uses a pseudonym because he fears for his life - says deportation to the West Bank in Palestine would mean he would be killed for converting to Christianity and for being gay. Hamas, of which is family are members, has threatened the former Muslim with death if he returns. Calvin returned to Edmonton Wednesday evening, a day after being released from the prison.

He was in Ottawa in June for an interview with a magazine and was visiting a First Nations reserve when he got too close to a Canadian Border Services Agency point of entry and was arrested.

Calvin claims he was not allowed to shave or shower for days, nor was he allowed to brush his teeth. Friends could not reach Calvin on June 14, and he says he was arrested on June 15. According to Calvin, the CBSA said he was a danger to the public and a flight risk. While at the maximum security facility, he claims he was denied his seizure medication.

He also said he was not allowed to speak to his lawyer for 10 days.

“It was a disgrace,” he said.

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Every good thing we could think or desire is to be found in this same Jesus Christ alone. For he was sold, to buy us back; captive, to deliver us; condemned, to absolve us. He was made a curse for our blessing, sin offering for our righteousness; marred that we may be made fair.
He died for our life; so that by him fury is made gentle, wrath appeased, darkness turned into light, fear reassured, despisal despised, debt canceled, labor lightened, sadness made merry, misfortune made fortunate, difficulty easy, disorder ordered, division united, ignominy ennobled, rebellion subjected, intimidation intimidated, ambush uncovered, assaults assailed, force forced back, combat combated, war warred against, vengeance avenged, torment tormented, damnation damned, the abyss sunk into the abyss, hell transfixed, death dead, mortality made immortal.
In short, mercy has swallowed up all misery, and goodness all misfortune.
—  John Calvin, preface for Pierre Robert Olivétan’s 1534 French translation of the New Testament