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Wednesday, December 07, 2005

Canadian Muslim headed to Iraq to try to save lives of Christian Peacemaker Team members


A Montreal Muslim headed for Baghdad last night in a last-ditch bid to save the lives of four Christian peace activists — including two Canadians — facing a death sentence in battle-scarred Iraq.

"The main goal of my trip is to voice very clearly, on the ground in Iraq, in Arabic, the conviction that these people are not spies," Ehab Lotayef, 47, said before boarding an Air France plane bound for Paris on a one-man peace mission sponsored by the Canadian Islamic Congress. "There is no reason for any of them to face this outcome."

Among the foreigners now held captive in Iraq are Jim Loney, 41, of Toronto, and Harmeet Singh Sooden, 32, formerly of Montreal, as well as American Tom Fox, 54, and Briton Norman Kember, 74. All four are members of the Christian Peacemakers Teams, an anti-war activist group.

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